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Did you know that the planets are the original superheroes of myth and legend?

MARS is the God of War, VENUS is the Goddess of Love and Beauty, JUPITER is the God of Justice, MERCURY is the Winged Messenger, SATURN is Old Father Time (Kronos), URANUS is the Magician, NEPTUNE is the God of the Deep, and so on.

In many older languages, and especially those of Latin origin, the days of the week are named after the planets.

In Spanish, for example, Monday is El Lunes (from Lunar, the Moon), Tuesday is Martes (Mars), Wednesday is Miércoles (Mercury), Thursday is Jueves (Jupiter), and Friday is Viernes (Venus).

In English, Saturday was the original Sabbath day (Saturn day), and Sunday is the day of the Sun.

The month of March is also named after the planet Mars.


There are three books in the Playful Planets children's book series.

In the first book The Playful Planets say Hello and Watch the Rocket the planets introduce themselves and watch a rocket ship from Earth fly through space. They wonder who it will land on.

"They say they reach for the stars, but they only ever seem to get this far!" moans Marvin, the miserable Man in the Moon. "All the rubbish they leave after every trip, I'm starting to feel like the local tip!"

The beautiful and original artwork really brings the planets to life in true superhero style. Their personalities reflect their roles in myth and legend, as already mentioned. For example, MARS, the God of War, is Mr Angry; Veronica VENUS is the Goddess of Love and Beauty; JUPITER is Jovial Jove, the God of Justice; SATURN is Old Father Time, Mickey MERCURY the mischievous messenger, and Uri URANUS is the magician (the seventh son or seventh from the SUN).

The second book The Playful Planets and The Days of the Week teaches children the days of the week as well as the names of the planets. As also mentioned above, the days are named after the planets in many languages, and especially the older languages of Latin derivation. For this reason many of the Spanish and French day names also get a mention.

The title of the third book The Playful Planets Behaving Badly is self explanatory.

With a creative slant, the planets interact in a manner similar to how they are portrayed in mythology. It all starts when Mickey Mercury, the mischievous messenger, attempts to deliver some bad news to Mr Angry, Mars, who takes exception. He blames Mickey Mercury for putting him in a bad mood. "Don't shoot the messenger," responds Mickey. "I like to deliver the news. It's not my fault you've got a short fuse..."

Learning can be fun.

Ideal for all inquisitive children aged 3-7.



Artwork and design by Bigfoot Alley Studios and David Ó Druaidh


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