Planet Books in Mt Lawley is one my favorite places to go on a lazy afternoon to waste half an hour because there are always so many interesting things to look at. It's not your average bookshop. It's just so delightfully weird. They don't just stock books. They have board games, Pop Vinyl figurines, children's clothing, soft toys, t-shirts, rude birthday cards, sarcastic fridge magnets, colouring books, bejeweled pencil cases, diaries, posters, extra-large coffee mugs, decorative pillows and even an erotica section that will make you blush.
What's not to love about these hilariously rude cards?
If you love books you will enjoy what Planet has to offer. On top of your usual selections like fantasy, science fiction, romance and non-fiction they also have books about film and TV, video games, popular culture, a fun little graphic novel nook and a wide range of low brow and just plain odd books. "The Big Bento Box of Useless Japanese Inventions" and "Crafting with Cat Hair" remain two of my most memorable finds. With titles that weird how could I not stop and have a look at them?
Planet Books will make your Christmas shopping easy this year
It can be a lot of fun to shop for children's books in Planet. I love their selection of soft toys. There are so many to choose from. The last time I was in there I thought I would have a look if they had any stuffed chickens. I couldn't find a chicken but I did find a stuffed emu, a stuffed penguin, a stuffed shark and even a stuffed star fish of all things.
Another thing that makes their children's section stand out are the t-shirts they have hanging on the wall that have characters from children's books printed on them. The Curious George t-shirt is just too cute! It would make a great Christmas present for someone.
Planet Books is located on Beaufort Street right in the heart of Mt Lawley. It is across the road from the Astor Theatre and is surrounded by lots of great places to go and grab a cup of coffee or something to eat.
Planet Books is a very active member of the Beaufort Street community. It first opened in 1990 as a video rental store. In 1996 it added a music section and in 2006 expanded again to include books. A couple of years ago they closed their music and video rental section. It has continued on since then as a charming little bookshop that prides itself on being weird and wonderful.