There are seventeen songs in this fresh collection and they are among the most polished in Polisar's work; comic, serious, outrageously witty and heart-warming. This is the first recording Barry made after becoming a father and as The Washington Post declares, 'You get the distinct feeling not only that Polisar knows whereof he speaks, but that becoming a recent father of twins has only sharpened his wits. Polisar chronicles the horrors of diaper rash, kids with colds, and inexhaustibly curious youngsters. Perfect for new parents and children with younger siblings, songs include, "They'll Never Have a Baby As Nice As Me," and "Symphony in Why Sharp Major"--a musical extravaganza of "no's" and "why's" that reach a humorous crescendo.
"A Parent's Pick!"
'Polisar's unique blend of giggle-producing children's songs offers a refreshing alternative to the more directive, even didactic variety of much children's music. Family Concert is a worthy introduction to Polisar's music as well as a welcome recap of his choice songs.'
--Booklist, American Library Association
'K-Gr 6 Barry Louis Polisar's ability to capture childlike humor, fear, excitement and wonder has always been obvious from his song titles and lyrics. His interaction with the audience gives an even better understanding of the man behind such songs as 'My Brother Thinks He's a Banana.' In introducing many of his songs, Polisar lets the audience know some of the history behind them. Polisar sings about the world of a child, the adults they have to deal with, and the cliches they have to listen to. In all his songs, children & adults get a chance to laugh at how ridiculous we all can be.'
---School Library Journal
"Barry 's lyrics hit home.
When word got out that Polisar would be in Andover, the tickets went quickly. The heavy
sales prompted planners to add a second concert."
--Eagle Tribune, Andover, Massachusetts
"Polisar changes his voice to fit the character he is portraying. He leads the children in rousing choruses of songs about dogs, monsters and children who get in trouble."
--The Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
Some of his lyrics are zany and some are plaintive, echoing a kid's feeling that the world is closing in on him'.the key to Polisar's rapport with kids is that he treats them as equals.
--The Ledger Star, Norfolk, Virginia
"Barry Louis Polisar is a one-man symphony of comic anarchy. At a time when vast numbers of our kids see school as endless drudgery, Polisar says otherwise. He says, isn't the English language fun?"
--The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore,MD
"Barry Louis Polisar is a delightfully subversive antidote to Mr. Rogers"
-- Tom Lehrer
Barry Louis Polisar is a 4-time Parents Choice Award winner whose work has won numerous other awards (including two Emmys for an educational TV show he hosted). He has written and published ten books, many videos and over a dozen collections of his songs. Barry has performed at The White House, The Smithsonian, The Kennedy Center and in schools all over the US and Europe.