Snuggle up with Mother Earth for a Bedtime Story


Doug Cenko, the talented illustrator of the book, Sleepy Solar System, has taken his characters to a whole new level – by turning them into adorable custom plushies.

A Children’s Book that Celebrates the Wonders of Outer Space

sleepy solar system plush
Image via @dougcenko

“It’s been a long, busy day in the starry Milky Way. Sleepy, setting Sun calls out, ‘Bedtime, everyone…'”

This imaginative children’s book combines adorably written rhymes and charming illustrations to create an enchanting story about Earth and her solar system friends.

You’ll learn how each planet gets ready for bed—Mother Earth putting in her cloud curlers and the slightly grumpy Mars trying to wash the red “from his rusty, dusty head.” It’s a lovely way to wind down and get ready for bed. It even includes a map and facts about space at the end to inspire kids to reach for the stars in their dreams.

The plushies have been having fun, too!

Mother Earth joined Doug at his book signing! She was a great helper (but oh, so sleepy).

sleepy solar system
Image via @dougcenko

Mother Earth and Grumpy Mars stopped in at Starbucks for a little coffee break to try and wake up a bit. Grumpy Mars was not pleased that they got his name wrong. #GrumpyMarv

book character plushies
Image via @dougcenko

Mother Earth was caught purchasing another copy of the book online. Guess you can’t have too many! You can get your own copy here.

earth plushie
Image via @dougcenko

Sleep Solar System is such a fun ‘read aloud’ nap-time or bed-time book, and we’re happy we got to bring the characters to life.

If you’d like to bring your own book character to life, you can learn more at

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I’m Frankie Burns, VP of Marketing at Budsies. My days are filled with a mashup of things I love—writing, creating, and building a killer marketing team. I live off a steady diet of donuts, and walk a fine line between not enough and too much coffee. I'm a live music junkie and addicted to harem pants. Life is just so much better if you're cozy!