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Children can reach for the stars with the Playful Planets. New Book Out Now!

David O’O’Druaidh is launching his new book, “The Playful Planets”, available as Paperback and Kindle editions from Amazon. It is targeted at fans of the Children’s Books world but is great for young and old alike. More information is available at the website:

Kenley, United Kingdom – January 17, 2018 /PressCable/

The Playful Planets Say Hello and Watch the Rocket is the first book in the Playful Planets series by David O’Druaidh, pronounced Ó Dru. It was launched on 1st January 2018 and is available in Paperback and Kindle editions from Amazon. The hardback version is out soon. Watch this space, if you’ll pardon the pun.

The book aims to teach children the names of the planets and some of the myths and legends associated with them in a simple, colorful, and fun way. It is already proving a big hit with young and old fans worldwide and is expected to be translated into many other languages later this year. Early reviews are resoundingly positive. Many people have described the book and characters as delightful and captivating … and even worthy of a television series!

In this first installment, the planets introduce themselves and watch a rocket ship from Earth fly through space. They wonder where the rocket will end up, and express some of their fears about the human space program. The planets are understandably a little worried given the damage some people have already done to their own planet, Maggie Mother Earth. “They say they reach for the Stars, but they only ever seem to get this far!” laments Marvin, the miserable man in the Moon. He has already endured a number of manned and unmanned missions, so he knows the score. He’s starting to feel like a junk yard, he likes to moan, because of all the rubbish they discard.

Veronica Venus, the Goddess of Love, isn’t too worried, but then again she’s too busy being beautiful, as always. Meanwhile, Maggie Mother Earth, comments: “There are more space missions every year. I fear it will all end in tears!” Our local star, The Sun, also chimes in: “I have also seen that rocket flying through space. I fear it’s those naughty humans – they call it the Space race.”

The planets play a big part in our lives, whether we realise it or not. In many cultures, the days of the week and months of the year are named after them. Saturday is named after the planet Saturn, for example, and the month of March after the planet Mars. Their role in so much mythology is not in doubt. Mars is known as the God of War, Venus the Goddess of Love, and Saturn as Old Father Time, and so on. The list goes on.

The book is suitable for Children between 2 and 9 years of age, and many adults seem to be enjoying it, too. Well, aren’t we all children at heart. The Playful Planets can be found on Social Media: Facebook Page, , Twitter account, @playful_planets, or watch the Video

Learning can be fun, so why not join in? Learn more about our Celestial Friends inside the book: Sol or Solly, our local star – The Sun. Mickey Mercury – the Winged Messenger. Veronica Venus – The Goddess of Love. Maggie – Mother Earth, and Marvin – the miserable man in the Moon, who orbits around the Earth. Mars, Mr Angry – The God of War. Jovial Jove – Jupiter, the God of Justice. Saturn – Old Father Time. Uranus – Uri the Magician, and Neville Neptune – God of the Deep. The Playful Planets artwork was conceived by David O’Druaidh and realised by Bigfoot Alley Studios. It’s beautiful in its simplicity and really brings the planets personalities to life.

David O’Druaidh has enjoyed a long interest in astronomy, which inspired the creation of the book. He has spent most of his life working in IT, and since the late 90s on web site design and development. He also has an interest in science and philosophy and has spoken at a number of cosmology conferences around the world in his capacity as an amateur with an interest in the field. His fascination with astronomy includes an interest in related archaeology and mythology, hence the idea to capture some of the myths and legends relating to the planets in a children’s book.

There are a number of astronomy books which are aimed at children, but none that he is aware of that personify the planets according to their mythological archetypes. David has his own web site that focuses on the role of plasma and electromagnetism in the universe,, which also touches on some of the myths and legends associated with the planets of our Solar System.

When asked about why he wrote the the Playful Planets, O’Druaidh said: “To teach children the names of the planets in our Solar neighborhood, their basic characteristics, and some of the myths and legends associated with them … in a simple, colorful, and fun way. David hopes that this book will help stimulate more interest in astronomy. Well, the truth is out there, as they say, although Marvin the miserable man in the Moon is less than convinced. “They say they reach for the stars, but they only ever seem to get this far!” he drones on, and on. In a recent interview, the author made a point of sending “Special thanks to Simba, Cindy, and Bandit – My Inspirational Space Pugs!”

Those interested in learning more about the book can visit the Playful Planets very own website –

Contact Info:
Name: David O Druaidh
Organization: Midnight Oil
Address: 17 Hadley Wood Rise, Kenley, England CR8 5LY, United Kingdom
Phone: +44-20-8123-6055

For more information, please visit

Source: PressCable

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