Guest Book

“Your album “My Brother Thinks He’s a Banana” was the favorite record of my girls when they were little. They are now in their mid twenties. They used to lock themselves in their bedroom and play the album by the hours. I can still hear the howls of laughter coming from that room. The album was loaned to a friend and never returned before we subsequently moved. The album has become a significant part of their memory of the old house and of their childhood. To replace it would be such a surprise for them.”

– Karen H, Oregon


“I’m just sitting here listening to my much beloved and well worn vinyl (!) copy of I Eat Kids and thinking “you know it’s time to get this on CD”. There are many children in my life who I think would benefit greatly from these classics. A long time fan,”

– Noah


“Sixteen years ago I married and became full time step-mother to 3 children under 10. Your record was played almost constantly. Sometimes to the point of madness, mine, and that amused the kids even more. Now the youngest is 21 and I still hear those songs in my head, fondly, it turns out. I wanted give a copy to all the kids so they can continue the tradition of driving other adults to whatever it was I experienced after the 10th or 20th time of hearing. I know it has made me a better person. This gives me the chance to acknowledge you for the wonderful contribution you made to our family. I don’t care if it was recorded in your basement, it is a great recording! Yeah! “

– Linda S


“When I was little (I’m now 24), I loved the “I Eat Kids” record. Your songs, and the fact that my brothers (both over 30) and I all remember the words still, are often brought up when we all get together.”

– Samantha B


“Your “I Miss Grandma” is one of my favorite songs. I discovered your music at the Galesburg Public Library about 17 years ago.”

– Cindy A


“I’m a big fan. I bought three of your record albums, which I still have. Needless to say, they’re no longer in the best shape. I love these albums as much now as I did then, because,unlike a lot of children’s music, it had a sarcastic edge to it, genuine humor and, above all else, it wasn’t patronizing. I really dug that. I wanted to say how much I’ve enjoyed listening to your music through the years and thank you for making that day one of the more bearable days of my largely miserable educational career. Thank you also for being one of the many forces that influenced me to get into show business. I’m now a filmmaker working professionally in my field. Your albums had a lot to do with my desire to express myself creatively. Thank you!”

– Justin W, New York, New York


“Your music helped shaped me into the off-centered, free-thinking, musically-inclined weirdo I now am. I haven’t heard your songs for years now, except when I freak my kids out with my heartfelt rendition of “My Brother Threw Up on My Stuffed Toy Bunny” at bedtime. More than anything I just really wanted you to know that I was a shy kid that was teased unmercifully, but I went on to be a theater and music major in college and am now a choral director. You made me laugh, and sing,and revel in my unique and sometimes bizarre self. It really meant a lot. Thanks.”

– Jennifer W


“I grew up listening to the 1978 live album and one of my favorite songs was “shut up in the library” I find it rather ironic that today I am a librarian. My album (yes I still have the vinyl) is well worn. My daughter likes the more current songs but we don’t have any that have “Shut Up in the Library” on it.”

– Laura K, Spartanburg, South Carolina


“I’m now an elementary school vocal music teacher and I’ve recently been having flashbacks of some favorite songs from that album that my brother and I used to sing all the time: “Our Dog Bernard,” (favorite) “My Brother thinks he’s a Banana,” and the song with the refrain I said tomorrow etc.”

– Susanne R


“My boyfriend recently got his LP of “I Eat Kids” from his mom. When I was listening to the CD, I realized that one of my favorite records when I was a kid (“My Brother Thinks He’s a Banana”) had to be by the same person. I checked on the Library database and sure enough, both records are by you. I told my boyfriend and he didn’t want to believe it at first. He wanted to think that he had discovered a treasure unknown to anyone else, but then he accepted it and we now realize that it must be true love if we both had favorite albums by you.”

– Britt J


“I just wanted to let you know that I saw you years ago when I was younger at our library in Winchester, Virginia and my mother had purchased your album . My younger sister and I loved your music and after many years of wear and tear, the record album is worn. We now have children of our own, and this past weekend, my five year-old daughter saw you on a TV show and loved your song about the teacher. She wanted me to get your CD and begged me to find it. I was so glad to see your website and my daughter will be thrilled when it arrives in the mail. Thank you for sharing your gift of music and we BOTH look forward to listening to the CD !”

– Amy M, Winchester, Virginia


“My kids listened to you over and over and over and, well, you get the picture, when they were young in the 1980s. We’ve since been dispossessed of your recordings (you know, lost them in a move). My oldest son is now 23 and has sung these songs to his girlfriend so many times from memory that now SHE can sing most of them from memory! They’ve recently decided to get married, which sent me in search of you….which do YOU think would make a nice wedding march?”

– Novena S, St Louis, Missouri


“I just wanted you to know that my sister and I, now 23 and 27, grew up singing your songs and still, to this day, remember every word. We still sing them often, although the tape we made years ago from the library record has been long lost.”

– Johanna O, Spring Lake Park, Minnesota


“My father was an elementary school music teacher. During his career he would bring home different albums and instruments home to share his love of music with my sister and I. One of my favorites he gave me is your album I Eat Kids. I played and sang that album so much my sister threatened to break it!!! Unfortunately, my father passed away of cancer when I was 12. Now at 28 I have been able to share some of your music with the two boys I nanny for, but I’m truly blessed to pass on my father’s and my love of music to my two nephews. Thank you for sharing your talent and gift of music with me and my family.”

– Kami H


“My mom had these two records of yours and my siblings and I grew up on them. I think they had a big influence on my sense of humor and I still get some of the lines I can still remember in my head every now and then. They are works of genius! I’m twenty-five now, recently married and hope to be a father soon. I want my kids to have these. The new albums are great!”

– Doron, California


“I was born in ’78 in San Diego and grew up on these LP’s. I have told every girlfriend I have had that “I need (her) like a doughnut needs a hole”

– Ben B, Beverly Hills, California


“My sisters and I LOVED you when we were kids and now my sister Rebecca is due to be having a daughter very soon. Your music is a very wonderful childhood memory that I would love to pass down to my new niece.”

– Abby L, New York, New York


“I feel like I am corresponding with an icon of my childhood. You had a concert at my school back in the 70’s, and our family bought the “I Eat Kids” album after the show. When my parents moved out of the homestead, my sister snuck that album into her pile. Can you believe it? My all time favorite song of yours has always been “He eats asparagus,” and I recently felt the inexplicable need to share that song with my 7 and 9 year old children.”

– Jill M, Yorktown, Virginia


“I am a single mother, who as a child, grew up listening to Barry on my record player. For the past several months I have been singing the songs I can remember to my 5 year old daughter and 12 year old sister.”

– Casey L, St Louis, Missouri


“I was in the Media Center right before school ended talking with our Gifted & Talented teacher when an older student interrupted because she just had to tell the Gifted & Talented teacher about the funny author who she had the opportunity to meet. She couldn’t have been more excited. Then when I came home my own daughter (who is in second grade) asked me if she could go downstairs and write a story because Barry Polisar had inspired her! Tonight for bedtime we read the Halloween story (her choice). I just wanted to know that the work you are doing is making a difference in children’s lives. The teachers were so excited to be able to get a book for their classroom. Many are ordering extras. It will be my pleasure to highly recommend you to the rest of the elementary schools this Spring.”

– Laurie Ellicott City, Maryland


“I have been a fan of Barry Polisar for years and years. I recently found your website and was thrilled beyond words to see that CDs are available. I am now 30 years old and have many memories of listening to Mr. Polisar’s records on my Fisher Price records player at a very young age. Not only that, I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Polisar on several occasions in Virginia, where I was raised; some of my albums are even autographed. I am so excited to see that Mr. Polisar is still active in the entertainment business and so look forward to sharing my memories of his wonderful songs with my children.”

– Carrie T


“My kids grew up on your songs. It helped them, but mostly it helped me! I was a single parent and listening to your songs with my children was a joy. The laughter and pure delight we all felt was a big part of relieving stress for this single parent. Now my grandchildren listen. You are a gem”

– Brenda


“Wicked joy….you are a Shel Silverstein with hair!”

– Kate D, Colorado


“I was born just shortly after “I EAT KIDS” was released, and I’m certain that my mother put headphones on my little infant head and my first words were “ok nok diddi wap dicki picki poo” and “shimi gimmi galla gilli tacki ticki tie.” “Fairly impressive vocabulary for a 2 month old,” the neighbors would say, “but what does it mean?” Then I’d sit up in my crib and explain. The only time my sisters and I got along was when we were singing along to your songs. So I was thrilled to find your website. I?m a musician and I continue to site you as my greatest influence. Thank you. I don’t think I exaggerate when I give you credit for my own humor and perspective.”

– Brian G, Catonsville, Maryland


“You and Shel Silverstein are largely responsible for my sense of humor. I don’t think I can thank you enough.”

– Chris M


“I am an elementary school administrator who also happens to have five-year old daughter. My little girl, Amanda, often sees and hears Barry’s songs on the Learning Channel in the morning while she eats breakfast. He is one of her absolute favorites, and my wife and I enjoy him, too. His facial expressions and body language add so much to the experience.”

– Walter, New Orleans, Louisiana


“Whoa! Barry Louis Polisar?! Holy cow! “I Eat Kids” is my most favoritest album EVER….just knowing I have an email from the man HIMSELF in my inbox! Wow…wait ’til I tell my mom. Thank you for your creativity. You rule!”

– Julie D


“Wow!!!! Barry! I used to actually MAKE A LIVING SINGING YOUR SONGS! Wow….Wow wow wow.”

– Derek S. Portland, Oregon


“I’ve been a fan of your songs since I was a kid. Your songs have always stuck with me and probably responsible for the great sense of humor I have today. “My Brother Thinks He’s a Banana” and “My Brother Threw Up on My Stuffed Toy Bunny” “My Mommy Drives a Dump Truck”, “When the House is Dark and Quiet” are among my very favorites. Keep up the excellent work!”

– Claudia A, Woodbridge, Virginia


“I have been looking everywhere for your music. I used to own several tapes from the late 70’s to early 80’s, and they are all gone now. My wife and I sing your songs all the time, and now that we have an 8 week old daughter we really need to get these. We have looked for years. I am glad to hear that you are still writing and recording. Keep up the good work. Fan Forever,”

– Warren O


“Several of my grudgingly grown up friends and I were sitting around over bad Mexican and good margaritas the other night and we got to talking about you. After quoting and singing our favorite Polisar songs, (mine being “My Brother Threw Up on my Stuffed Toy Bunny” and the one about the girl who ate the fish tank and its contents) we got into a heated debate about “Thump, Thump, Thump.” Could you spare us anymore sleepless nights and please tell us what it was that went thump thump thump!!! With many, many thanks,”

– Katie G, grown-up, librarian, puppeteer, & devoted fan


“As a young child I had your tape. To this day I still will have random outbursts of pieces of the songs. “

– Audrey B


“I have been listening to your music since I was a child, and my 3-year-old son is now a big fan.”

– Judy Z, Virginia


“I remember you from when I was a kid! Now that I have my own children, I want them to enjoy your music too. I just ordered Songs for “Naughty Boys and Girls.” My favorite song was always “Don’t pick your nose” Thanks!”

– Jennifer W


“I just wanted to thank you for the way you have blessed my family. I found you accidentally at the library and then bought every thing I could find on you!!! Just wanted you to know how very much you are appreciated!”

– Donna C, Tennessee


“I ADORE your songs! I found my first Barry Louis Polisar CD at my library, and have purchased a few since then. You’re fun for the whole family!”

– Trish G, Alexandria, Virginia


“I am 26 years old and have 2 twin nephews that are about to turn 3. I grew up listening to you and the most important thing for me right now is to be sure that they do too! I love your music and the outlet that you offer to children. THANK YOU so much for being such an important and influential part of my development.”

– Anne C, Baltimore, Maryland


“My sisters and I grew up listening to your music on albums that mom had bought. Over the years, we had forgotten your name but NOT your music! (We still sing your songs at family gatherings!) I was SO HAPPY to find your website! Thank you so much for touching our lives!”

– Jessica S


“You Censored??? I guess there are those who have entirely forgotten they were ever children. I can’t wait to hear the new stuff. Glad your career is going strong.”

– Linda S, Glenview, Illinois


“It was more then 20 years ago I went to see you sing. I have just turned 30 and I was shocked to see you on the am TV. I have 2 girls that love your music. “I Wanna be a dog” is still my favorite. Its so nice to see you survived the time! I am glad that my kids can enjoy your music!”

– Rhonda O


“I do believe in some way you inspired me to love music and play guitar as well as many other instruments, and to that I can only say thank you.”

– Eric H


“Hurrah! I discovered your site! When I was 10 or so, I discovered your records at the local library. I checked them out a ton, later on my mum bought me your books.”

– Gloria L


“I remember my first introduction to your albums back around 78-79? I think I was 13 years old but I wasn’t like the kids now, I still wanted to be a kid and your music did it for me! A while later in the mid 80’s I gave your records to my little brother and he loved them too! My mom brought us to see you at the library. I’m glad to see your still out there doing what you love! Thanks for the memories.”

– Connie


“I just wanted to thank you for all the great songs that I liked as a child, and that I can now share with my children. My son will be getting his first cd player soon, and I am planning on definitely coming back to order some new cd’s for him.”

– Andy F


“I was digging around, when I came upon your old records and re-discovered you. Many memories flooded back to me of when I was much younger. Of long drives and your music keeping me and my brothers company. Of hours spent in our old house with you on the record player. I put the old records on the same record player, and I realized I still knew the lyrics! Here I am, so many years later, singing “When Suzie sneezed” and “inequality makes the world go round” and “barnyard stomp” in my basement! My mom had us listening to you before we could even speak. I asked her about it tonight, and she told me it was the only music she felt comfortable with us hearing. now understanding the meaning of the lyrics and the good messages they present, I am so thankful she found you. And now that I am getting ready to leave home for college, I realize that I want to take this with me. I want to listen and remember my childhood. and I want to listen and remember all of the things my mother was trying to teach me with your music. I want to listen and laugh at the things I was laughing at over a decade ago. I just wanted to let you know how much you have meant to my entire family, and how much you still mean to us today. you helped us to grow up and stay young. Thanks for doing what you do.”

– Ken O, Carmel, Indiana


“I was in third grade when Barry Louis Polisar performed at my school. I couldn’t stop talking about it, so my mom bought two of the records. Last week, we were talking about what to buy my nieces for Christmas and before we knew it, we were singing a rousing chorus of “My Brother Think’s He’s a Banana.” I’ve just ordered that on tape – but it’s for my mom, not my nieces. Just thought I’d pass on that you’re a fond childhood memory.”

– Karen W


“My sister just called me asked me do you remember Barry Louis Polisar. I said yes and we began singing your songs while I am at work. We laughed and had so much fun. We grew up listening to your songs and to this day remember most of them. I don’t have kids yet but when i do they will know your music. Wow…..smiles from and old time fan!”

– Allison, Maryland


“When I was in second grade you came to my school and sang a bunch of songs . I loved every one of them and I bought your record. To this day I still remember the songs by heart and I sing them to my little cousins. One of our friends three year old daughters always asks me to sing the funny songs to her. We are going to be having our first baby in May and I wanted to have it for when our children are growing up. The LP record I have is still in my parents house somewhere!”

– Gen


“So here I am …a 28 year old man now…singing songs to my wife in the car, when what should pop out of my mouth, but my brother threw up on my stuffed toy bunny. I remember listening to that record on my grandfathers living room floor. My mother got it for me after seeing you at the Kennedy Center…it must have been in 1977. I am an artist myself, and I know what its like to have someone remember your work, or have it influence someone’s life.”

– Steve A, Maryland


“Ever since my friend discovered one of your albums at a record shop, I have been a devoted fan of your music. I played in a rock band and we performed covers of a few of your songs (“I Lost My Pants” and “Sally Eats Shoelaces Straw and String”), used samples from “Nothing,” and used an answering machine message you left us explaining the cords for “Sally” as the lyrics to a song called “Barry Louis Polisar Speaking From Beyond the Grave.” We realize that you are alive and well.”

– Travis D, Montrose Pennsylvania


“Some of my earliest memories as a kid are two of your songs: “I eat kids” and “I’m A Three-Toed, Triple-Eyed, Double-Jointed Dinosaur”. Those were by far my favorite songs from childhood. Thanks for the many great memories!”

– Dan H


“I cannot express to you the joy I felt in finding you. My uncle gave me a copy of one of your albums when I was young. It is one of my favorite childhood memories… I remember the words to your songs as well as I do Farmer in the Dell. I am now the mother of twin boys and I found my self thinking of your music.”

– Katie D


“My son grew up listening to you – I loved your music and words too. We had lots of fun with your recording and we shared it with our neighbors’ girls who finally wore the vinyl out ! Just for fun, I thought you’d enjoy seeing my 27 year old son’s website on weird and unusual stuff for unusual people. I feel you are in some small part a contributor. And I DO mean that as a compliment !”

– Terri T, Winchester, Virginia


“I was very excited to find your music on the web. When my kids were little we found your music at the library–it quickly became their favorite. At age 3, my daughter would sing “Don’t Put Your Finger Up Your Nose” solo at all family get-togethers! She’s now 19 and my son is 24. My husband and I are now sitting here listening to your CD and thoroughly enjoying it! My daughter is studying to be an elementary teacher at college and is planning on resurrecting “her” song to share with her students in a few years.”

– Sue M, Bend, Oregon


“I was beginning to think you were a figment of my imagination. All I had to go on was memories of me and my cousin spending hours listening to your album at my great grandmother’s house. We are both 32 now, and we have been trying to track you and your music down for years. I did. Last night my son was playing with his train set, hidden just out of site behind a coffee table. As the first few bars of your song came out of the speakers, my son’s head shot up from behind the coffee table like a rabbit that smelled a carrot. By the third measure he was grinning ear to ear, by the first chorus he was laughing uncontrollably. This was the first time I cried in front of my son. Thank you is not enough for the fun I had listening to your music with my cousin, or the fun I’m going to have listening to it with my son.”

– John D. Huntley, Illinois


“I recently ordered your CDs for my young boys. I had not heard any of the songs since childhood (my copy had been on a vinyl record). I have to tell you that the song lyrics are even more incredibly hilarious now than they were then! Perhaps it is the fresh new perspective I have as an adult mother or maybe that my understanding of the lyrics is clearer now than then, but I am sure it is a combination of both. I just wanted to let you know how much my family and I are enoying your music. “

– Rebeckah C., Phoenix, Arizona


“Thank you for releasing your old albums on CDs. My children loved your records when I checked them out from the library twenty years ago. My 33-year old daughter took her “new” CD to work with her and played it over and over, laughing and singing along.”

– Lois M., Monroe, Michigan


“I wanted to thank you for providing entertainment for children and adults alike that isn’t sacchrine and trite. My brother and I grew up on your music and when we discovered we could buy CDs instead of listening to our 20 year old scratchy albums, we were delighted. At the family get-together following delivery of the albums, we joined our mother in singing along to all our old favorites, garnering strange looks from the inlaws. My four year old now sings them from the backseat of the car, and it delights me to know that she isn’t being talked down to by some guy in a fur suit. Thank you for the music and the laughs of the last 2 decades.”

– Jessica N., Fort Collins, Colorado


“Wonderful! I just wanted to let you know, my brother and I LOVED “My Brother Thinks He’s a Banana” when we were little. I remember repeated weeks of checking he record out at the library! I was thinking about my favorite childhood books and songs today, and was excited when I realized I could still get the songs! I don’t have kids yet (not even married!), but this is one of those things I’ll hold onto for when I do have kids…so they can enjoy your music as much as I did! “

– Erin F, Arlington, Virginia


“I just wanted to let you know how much your music has meant to me. When I was a kid my mother bought me your record. I’m 30 years old now, and over the years I would think about those songs on this album. As a writer (novelist) myself, I appreciate good writing and am continually impressed with your songs. They aren’t just little gems for children, but immensely appealing to adults as well. I think the fact that I just bought one and I don’t even have children yet is a good testimonial to that fact. My wife and I are going to start trying soon, and I can’t wait for the day when I can introduce my own children to your wonderful collection of songs. Such heart and soul in each and every one. Thank you for making such a positive contribution to my life and countless others, I’m sure.”

– Rob E. Wake Forest, North Carolina


“My kids were introduced to your early LP’s when they were very young. We all laughed and have loved you ever since. Your sense of humor is anarchic – and yet your observations are so true.We are delighted to have found your web site – and are ordering CDs. Keep us laughing.”

– Hariet S. Palo Alto, California


“I’m thrilled that your CDs are available. I listened to these songs when I was about 7 or 8 years old, and remember that my very unpleasant grade 3 teacher had a fit and met with my mother when I played the track “I can’t/Yes you can” for show and tell. I thought it was hilarious, while my teacher disagreed, and had no qualms about telling my mother exactly what she thought of her parenting skills. Suffice it to say, my teacher and I did not get along.In any event, time has passed, and I’ve got a baby boy of my own now. I want to make sure that expose him to the same things that warped my sense of humour so wonderfully at such a young age…namely, you. I said goodbye to school more than 20 years ago…and yet I can still remember most of the words to “never cook your sister in a frying pan”.”

– Steve, S. British Columbia, Canada


“I just wanted to write and say that I LOVE your music. My aunt made a tape of your songs for me when I was little and my brothers and I listened to you for hours. We also borrowed your records from our local library. Now I’m 24 and.I still remember almost all the words! I think the songs are as funny and cool as they were when I was ten. I just found your website– I had no idea how much you’ve done, and… I don’t know, I just wanted to let you know how great I think you are.Thank you for the countless hours of laughter.”

– Nicole S., Bronx NY


“You were our personal Grateful Dead when we were but wee children. We tuned in, turned on, and dropped out of fascist finger painting and followed you from city to city on our Wheelies. We did the hokie pokie for hours in a tribal trance of peace and harmony. Then we finished off the experience by eating Pop Rocks and drinking soda. We were kids and thought we were invincible… It was truly an end of an era in the squalid sandbox of my generation.And the beat goes on. I heard one of your songs translated into Yiddish. It was all I could do to keep from laughing out loud as I heard one of the greatest power ballads of all times–your lyrics about nose picking–translated into what sounded like an ancient Jewish proverb. Priceless! It has been really wonderful to track your career over the years.”

– Deborah B., NY, NY


“My sister and I used to love your stuff when we weren’t joyriding the neighbor’s stolen Chevelle and blasting Leonard Skynyrd. Okay, we were only six then, but I had to make growing up in McLean in the 1970s sound more interesting than it actually was. I remember seeing you play a concert at Kent Gardens Elementary, which truly was my own personal Woodstock.”

– Richard, Virginia


“I grew up checking your records out of the library as a kid. It’s wonderful to be able to have them on cds. I can’t wait to have kids of my own and play them these great songs. Kids today need you. “

– Justin J., Wytheville, Virginia


“As a kid growing up, the one cultural arts program that we had at my elementary school that I still remember vividly was when you came to sing at our school. This was back in the 1970s. My sisters and I loved singing your funny, crazy tunes. In fact, we loved your music so much we talked my parents into buying your album and knew all the words to the songs. Now I have four kids and would love to have you visit our elementary school. Thanks again for all the great memories you gave me and my sisters and are now creating for our kids.”

– Dianne G., Vienna, Virginia


“Thanks for too many hours of what was as close to pure joy as I got as a kid. My sister and I still sing your songs, and I can’t wait to teach my nephews.”

– Andrew P., Baltimore, Maryland


“I delivered your CDs to my Granddaughter Emma, who was nearly as thrilled as her mother to get them. We first discovered your albums at the Ann Arbor Public Library around 1980 and every week, my daughter and stepson would check out one or two albums to listen to at bedtime (we could not find them at any store, and believe me, we looked). Before long we found ourselves singing “Our Dog Bernard” at the tops of our lungs whenever we traveled in the car…years later we waited with my then college-age daughter outside the Detroit Art Museum to buy your books and music after enjoying one of your concerts…How surprised, in a pleasingly shocked sort of way, I was to find my 42-year old brother holding my 5 year old granddaughter on his lap in from of his computer and the two of them singing boisterously along with one of his downloads: “Don’t Put Your Finger Up Your Nose.” I didn’t even know he knew about you!!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the pleasure you brought–and are still bringing–to our family.”

– Lisa B, Tasley, Virginia


“Sunday was my twenty-third birthday. For the occasion my parents sent me my old vinyl copy of My Brother Thinks He’s A Banana to me here at Ohio University. I wanted to let you know that I spent most of my day yesterday sitting cross-legged beside my turntable and having practically all of your lyrics rush back to me like a freight train. What’s more I spent the next hour or so feeling inclined to pick up my guitar and figure out some of my old favorites. I wanted to thank you for all the time you spent writing and recording those songs that meant so much to me. I hold you personally responsible for me having such a good sense of humor. thanks again for the songs and the memories.”

– Daniel S, Athens, Ohio


“My brother and I grew up on your music. I’m 33,and he’s 38 and we still cherish the songs. The other day I was at my library with my 4 year old, where I picked up “Family Trip”, and “Naughty Songs”. I called my brother and we started reciting “I Don’t Believe Your Going to the Bathroom”, which was our favorite. Hopefully you’ll make it down to Tallahassee, Florida before long, so I can relive the euphoria in person.”

– Patrick L., Tallahassee, Florida


“Your album was my favorite growing up! My sister and I were faithful listeners and knew all the words–and still do! Eventually my mom lent the record to another kid to enjoy and we never saw it again. For years I would dig through the record box in the basement hoping that I might get to sing along to your songs one last time…but no luck. Now I’m almost thirty and my friends all have kids; eventually I’ll have some of my own, so I went on a mad hunt for your albums. Good thing for the internet because Barnes and Noble hasn’t discovered what it’s missing. I’m giving your CD to my sister for Christmas and she’s going to freak out! And of course I had to have one for myself. I’m going to be the cool “auntie” to all my friend’s kids because I know all the words…I’m a fan from the beginning.”

– Jill O, Ancorage, Alaska


“Our kids grew up with your songs…now their kids will do the same!”

– Lynda H, Annapolis, Maryland


“My brother, sister and I still remember the day we brought home your record from the library years ago. It still remains one of our favorites, I am so excited to get this particular cd for my own children! Thanks so much for bring such pleasure and fun to our family then and now.”

– Jennifer S., Brooklyn, NY


“I received your records when I was 4 years old (1978) and recently mentioned to my husband that I still remember the words to the songs. He found your website on the internet and downloaded the samples for me. We now have 6 boys under 5 years old (just had triplets in September) and they love your songs just as much as I did. Keep up the good work.”

– Christina C., Pointe Claire Quebec


“As a kid we would check out your records from the library and listen to them all the time. Captured Live and In The Act was always my favorite. It fact when I realized that I could get the same recording on cd it made my day. I have taught these songs to my kids off of an old tape recording that we made before the library took the records off the shelf. But it has long since worn out and we have been looking ever since.”

– Catherine R., Paloma, Illinois


“Your music brought so much joy to my home in the 1970s, I had to buy CDs for my sister’s kids. Well, some are for them and some are for me. My sister and I listened all the time and memorized all the songs. I have sung some for the music for the traumatized children in the therapy groups I work with and the kids love your songs. Can’t wait to hear some of your new songs too.”

– Erin W, Staunton, Virginia


“Dear Barry Louis Polisar, Just today you came to visit our school! I loved it! To tell you the truth at recess me and my friends were saying that we wished we didn’t have to go see the author. I am in 5th grade and some of the assemblies we go to are boring. An author sounded boring but I deny what I said. You were so great! thanks alot for coming to our school!”

– Sadie M, Ellicott City, Maryland


“I just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed your music. When I was 8 years old my aunt bought my sister and I the album “Naughty Songs for Boys and Girls.” My sister and I loved it. We both grew up singing your songs. Flash forward 30 years and I am now a mother with three kids. My husband surprised me with an ipod for Christmas this year. The first song that I looked up on itunes was “My brother thinks he is a banana!” My husband stood there shaking his head. Who would have thought they would have it? I was thrilled and it was my first purchase. I even called my sister and played it to her over the phone. Keep doing what you are doing because kids and adults still love your songs. My children, ages 5, 7 and 10 want me to play your album over and over again. They have put you on their playlists, as have I.”

– Holly P


“Just wanted to say I am happy to have found your music finally. My brother and I; 25 or so years ago would go regularly to our library and repeatedly take out your albums. How we laughed and laughed at your songs. I am sure my two girls are going to find your songs as fun and funny as me and my brother did. I just wanted to let you know 25 years later I could not forget your music and how much as a child we loved it.”

– Matthew Z., Milwaukee, Wisconsin


“I’m not prone to writing fan mail, but you’ve influenced me from childhood on, and I am so glad to see you’re still making music! Growing up in the 80’s, we practically wore out the vinyl on “My Brother Thinks He’s a Banana” and “I Eat Kids.” However, the records do still play, and now that I have my own child, I am pleased to share your rather warped sense of humor with her. All-time favorites in my family included “My Brother Threw Up…” and of course, “When the House is Dark and Quiet,” and…well, OK, we pretty much love all of them. We are all grown now, and I am happy to say that I scored some kid of coup in becoming the proud owner of the records when the three of us left home. Sure, my sister got the beloved purple couch, and my brother got the favorite tupperware cups, but I was recently able to boast, “Well, I got the Barry Louis Polisars!” Envious gasps followed. Keep up the great work and the quiet subversion. I’ll always be thankful for it.”

– Erica B., Cyberspace


“I have been a fan of yours ever since first grade when you came to my school in Michigan. I laughed then, and I still laugh now at your songs, which surprises me, because rarely does childish entertainment carry over into adulthood; I am also very pleased to see your website; that you’re still writing music, still touring schools, and still providing kids with laughter.”

– Nathan B., Michgan


“Long ago, I was 7 or 8 years old and a student at Key School in Arlington VA when you came and visited. While looking up “Key School 1978″ I was directed to your website. I was blown away when I found samples of the 2 songs I fondly remember listed on the site. Now I make a living making comedy songs for radio shows around the country. I’m pretty sure it goes back to how much of an impact that Key School concert was on me. Thanks!”

– Perry


“My three sisters and I your LP when we were young. It was our favorite record, and we all remember the songs, almost 30 years later. I bought the CD as a baby gift for my neice and I ordered another one for my son. I suppose you could say we are passing along the songs to this newest generation! With great music like yours, I don’t know why parents make themselves listen to all of the awful children’s “music” that is out there. Your song “I Need You Like a Donut Needs a Hole” is the only song that calms my son when he is fussy. He may be one of your youngest fans!”

– Rebecca M, Houston, Texas


“I am so excited to see that you’re still around! I saw you a gazillion times at school assemblies and also Wolftrap Farm park as a kid. Pretty much your album “My Brother Thinks He’s a Banana” shaped my childhood. I listened to it over and over and over again, probably until my mom wanted to scream. I knew every word to every song. It was nice to find an old friend on the internet and I plan to come back and revisit the songs of my childhood more and more.”

– Meg R., Virginia Beach, Virginia


“About 15 years ago, I came across your music at the library and brought it home to my four children and the other dozen I watched over the years. Your songs became part of our travels, for any long car ride we put in your tape…my son did throw up on his brother when we were camping and the next morning we played your song over and over and laughed for hours. We have a dog, one girl and three boys so your song about going for a ride with my mom, dad, sister and my dog two little brothers was like you wrote it for us. It was wonderful that you were able to come to our school this week. I teach children with autism and you made a great impression on one child in particular. We have been singing your songs for days. Thank you for touching the lives of so many people, and for making so many special memories for my family and my self.”

– Lynda K., Alexandria, Virginia


“Our sons were 4 and 2 when we first discovered your music. They’re now 24 and 22. One lives in Cairo, and one lives in Shanghai. In phone calls and email, we still quote a short phrase or a line from one of your songs. It always brings laughs and fond memories to all four of us. Early this month, due to travel schedules, we celebrated Thanksgiving early. The occasion was a rare moment when we four were all in the same house. I brought out some of your music to play. All four of us sang along together and laughed as we did a hundred times before on road trips through my sons’ growing years. Thank you, Barry. You bring great joy to all of us, regardless of age.”

– Ed P., Austin, Texas


“My children enjoyed your music so much when they were little, and now their children get to listen. When they were younger, my kids and I howled over the songs. Two of my sisters thought the were outrageously counter culture and a bad influence on kids! Now, to their kids, I’m the favorite Aunt! What a good sign that such thinking is NOT a bad influence, but really accepts the funny relationships we have with our kids.”

– Suzanne N., Olympia, Washington


“My children are now all in their thirties. When they were small, we would take your record out of the local library and they memorized many of your songs. As time went on the record got more and more scratched as so many children in our very small town enjoyed your music. Now my daughter, who is thirty sings on her way home from preschool to her daughter who is 3, “What did you do in school today?” and she replies, “nothing, nothing”. Her mom says, “Didn’t you work and study real hard?”. Meghan says, “No we played out in the yard” and then they both start giggling. All three “kids” were very excited when I said I found your web site and would get them the CDs. Another generation to appreciate your music.”

– Nancy K., Hubbardston Massachusetts


“I listened to your record when I was little and LOVED IT !! I am convinced that record totally enhanced my sense of humor !! My husband and I just had our first child and I really want her to have your CDs. My record just has too many scratches from constant play !! Thanks so much !! I was thrilled to see I could get it !”

– Megan B., Monnetonka, Minnesota


“My kids (in their 30s now) pulled out the old Barry Louis Polisar cassettes when visiting at Christmas and played them. We had so much fun singing along and laughing. They remembered all the words and related to times when they were kids and we went riding in the car on trips or here and there, blasting your music and singing along…”don’t stick your finger up your nose”…”hey Jack, what’s in the sack?”…”they said eat the broccoli, I ate the broccoli”…”thump, thump, thump”…”triple-toed dinosaur”…, it was a great time–then and now (reminiscing). Also, not long ago my husband and I were listening to Kids Corner on WXPN radio and low & behold your song came on…what a hoot! Your music/songs have given my family great joy.”

– Diane C., Thorofare, New Jersey


“There I was–nine years old, perhaps?–wandering around the children’s room of the Teaneck Public Library. And I saw, in the record bin: I Eat Kids and Other Songs for Rebellious Children. I couldn’t believe it. Was it legal to have records with titles like that? Would they even let me check it out of the library? Or would they realize they had made a horrible mistake letting such things into the library?…I was hooked before I even heard it. And it just got better from there.”

– Jeff M., New Jersey


“I grew up listening to all of your wonderful music on LPs from the library. My father eventually purchased a couple for me that I still have. I thought for sure I would have to rely on my memory if I ever wanted to hear “My Brother Threw up on my Stuffed Toy Bunny” and “Don’t Put Your Finger up your Nose” again. For some reason I must have figured that I could never find the old recordings, until now of course. I look forward to replenishing my collection in the coming months. Thank you for everything you do.”

– Joe D. Cambridge, Maryland


“I listened to your records (yes the vinyl things) when I was a kid and to this day I can pretty much sing every word to every song in the “I Eat Kids” and “My Brother Thinks He’s a Banana” albums. Now, at 33 years old, I am looking forward to sharing these crazy songs with my 18 month old. Thanks for the years of smiles.”

– TW, Santa Rosa, California


“What a wonderful and joyous part you’ve played in our family and how much we have appreciated your lyrics and music. You have an incredible knack for crystallizing childhood moments and emotions (and yes – parents as well). Thank you for the wonderful years and memories that our family shares.”

– Karen P., Annapolis. Maryland


“I wanted to thank you for the joy you brought me as a child. Listening to your songs filled my afternoons as a child. We had no TV but I had your albums and I was never bored or lonely! I always felt like I was surrounded by close-minded people and your albums were a beacon of hope that there were other people out there in the world with a sense of humor and a love for the unconventional! I am thrilled to be able to pass your songs along to my children! Thank you for all that you offer children everywhere, a chance to revolt, to think, and most importantly to laugh!”

– M. F., Watertown, Massachusetts


“When, I was 9 or 10 Mom bought me an album called “I eat kids” I loved it. She took me to the Kennedy Center to see you perform and you signed my album. I treasured that album for many years and that album remains in my collection. When Green Jello performed in Richmond I had to go! They had an opener that I didn’t know called “The Radioactive Chickenheads”! Imagine my surprise when they launched into “”I Eat Kids.” I talked with them afterwards and it seemed they were as influenced by you as I was. What fun you have brought to my life from the age of nine.”

– Connie R., Richmond, Virginia


“I am sure you get this all the time, but…I had your records when I was a kid. My sister and I loved them as evidenced by the extremely well worn lyric sheet. It’s browned, torn, taped, spilled on, etc. I had a blast sharing it with my kids recently. It’s absolutely the hallmark recording of my childhood. Thank you for being so fun and honest about what kids like to sing about!”

– Deborah V. Roxbury, Vermont


“Thank you for many years of naughty songs. When we were kids, between my sisters and I we probably had the “Naughty Songs For Boys and Girls” LP checked out of the local library for an entire year. I think we nearly drove our mother crazy! Anyway, thanks for making probably the most memorable album of our lives! We’ll enjoy the itunes downloaded version for many years to come with our own kids now!”

– Angie


“Please allow me the opportunity to say that you do truly rock. I owe you a childhood’s worth of gratitude. You single handedly provided a good number of laughs and good times in our household over the years that have been cherished ever since. Honestly, it’s that kind of impact that there simply are not words to express the actual gratitude. I’ve only recently been able to appreciate that aspect, the older I get and I am actually quite honored to be able to tell you personally: Thank you for what you did and are now doing for me, Whenever I finally have kids, your music will undoubtedly be a part of their lives as well. I hope you realize how much your work has meant to so many and will continue to do so into the next generation.”

– James K., Chesapeake, Virginia


“I want to send this to you because of the way you influenced my life. You came to my school in the early 80’s and put on a show. Afterwards my mom bought books and tapes for myself and my younger sister. Our favorite songs were “Diaper Rash” and the one about creeping up the stairs. We read and reread those books, and I read it to my children now and they love it as much as I still do. I just wanted to let you know that even now as a parent I still love your music and stories. Thank you for being a wonderful influence in the lives of so many.”

– Jessica N.


“I was so excited to hear your recording in Juno…and it reminded me of the great road trips I had with my kids when they were younger (and I hold to the belief that the road trips were great because of your recordings). I just ordered a few CDs off your website…I am about to have my first grandchild, and I want to be sure that she grows up on a steady diet of your music…my kids and I still know the words to your songs by heart. Thanks for being part of some great family memories.”

– Sheryl N, Lone Tree, Colorado


“When I was a child, I went to school one morning, sat down at my desk, and then realized it was Poetry Day where all of the students were supposed to get up in front of the entire class and recite a poem from memory and I completely forgot. One by one each student got up and recited their poems and I was sweating bullets because I didn’t know ANY poems and I didn’t want to tell the teacher I had not prepared. When it was my turn I got up in front of the class and in a small, trembling voice I recited the first five stanzas of “I Wanna Be a Dog.” I saw my teacher’s jaw drop slowly into a full open-mouthed expression of disdain and anger as she interupted me and snapped, “That is not a poem! That is disgusting.” I was sent to the principal (and cried the entire way there). My Dad had to leave work and come in and straighten things out. The good part is that I got to leave school early that day and he and I went out for lunch. Oh, and I transferred out of that school about 5 months later.”

– Deb B, Brooklyn, New York


“You were a MAJOR influence in my upbringing, not just in my beginning to sing and entertain, but in the creation of my character, my individuality, and my silliness–all of which I have been able to maintain into adulthood, and weirdly enough, create a career out of. There are clearly a ton of us that can say that. So, Thank You.”

Karen I, Indianapolis, Indiana


“I saw you when I was 8 or 9, my parents bought one of your vinyl lps and I knew right then that I wanted to be a musician for a living. Thanks for the inspiration! 30 years later I still have that record and I am making a living playing music.”

– Edgar L, Washington, DC


“I just dug my old copies of your records, several of them signed from the basement. My three boys are already hooked — I still spontaneously break into “My brother Threw up on my Stuffed Toy Bunny” or “Hiram Lipschitz” or I’ve got a dog and my dog’s name is cat… at least once a week. Thanks for the good times… then and now.”

– Joshua G., NY, NY


“I’m dating myself but you made such an impact on my life I just had to share this with you. I can remember seeing you perform from way back in 1975 or 1976. You played at my elementary school when I was in Kindergarten. I’m all grown up know with kids of my own who absolutely love your music. We would love for you to come play at my daughters school out here. Keep on making music and writing books.”

– Michael, B., Davenport Iowa


“Someone gave our family an old cassette tape of “My Brother Thinks He’s a Banana.” My wife and I enjoyed it as much as our four kids but the cassette had no information on it indicating who the artist was. Because of that, we could not buy any more of your music or replace that one once it got lost. We recently rented “JUNO” and recognized your song. We found your website and placed the order. When I told my daughter (college freshman – pre med) I was buying the CD as a gift for the young children of some family ends, she was really disappointed. She was hoping I was buying it for our family! Her older brother (college senior – education) agreed. Wow ! You must have had quite an impact! (I’m looking forward to hearing those songs again myself). Congratulations on tapping into that universal kid in all of us.”

– Brad S., Ada, Michigan