Irish comedian Dara Ó Briain may be best known for giving us all a good laugh, but did you know he actually has a pretty impressive academic background, having studied mathematical physics at University College Dublin? He may appear to be the joker, but O’Briain is also well versed in the world of science and mathematics. When he’s not cracking jokes, the comedian has also worked on science-themed shows and has already published two children’s books for Scholastic UK, which educate young readers about space. Scholastic has now announced that a third book is on its way.
As The Bookseller reports, the British comedian’s latest book will be called Is Anybody Out There? and is set to be published later this year in October and will feature illustrations from Luna Valentine. Is Anybody Out There? will take young readers on a journey to explore how Earth was created, how life began on Earth, whether there are other planets like Earth, how we might reach them, and whether or not other lifeforms may exist.
It is Ó Briain third children’s book, following on from Beyond the Sky: You and the Universe and Secret Science: The Amazing World Beyond Your Eyes. Of the new book, Ó Briain said: “I’m very excited to be setting sail again across the skies with another book for young people about space. This time, we’ll be hunting distant planets, communicating with aliens, and finding out why humans are probably the only creatures in the galaxy to ever leave a bag of poo on another celestial body.”
Publisher of non-fiction, brands and licensing, Elizabeth Scoggins added: “A true space expert and effortlessly funny, Dara keeps amazing us with his inimitable writing for children and we are very proud to publish him.”