Storytelling Magic at 30,000ft for Virgin Atlantic’s Youngest Flyers

By: Dave Gunner

April 2, 2017

Zak and Jen with our Gatwick team

Zak and Jen with our Gatwick team

This morning at Gatwick we celebrated International Children’s Book day by giving our young fliers a copy of the new children’s book Zak and Jen’s Astronomical Adventures: The Petal Planet. There to hand out the books were debut author Natalie Page and illustrator Chris Rivers Nuttall. Jen’s Astronomical Adventures: The Petal Planet, tells the story of rag doll Jen, who is bored of the planet she lives on and desperate for an adventure. Then one day she has an unexpected visitor, Zak, who not only transports her to a new magical world and but also teaches her to appreciate what she already has along the way.



International Children’s Book Day takes place on April 2nd and coincides with the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen and was set up to celebrate a love of reading and call attention to children’s books. This is the second year that we have provided children’s books onboard after receiving rave reviews from parents on how wonderful it is to have a fresh new book to share with their children onboard a long haul flight.

Natalie and Chris with some of their readers

Natalie and Chris with some of their readers

Author Natalie Page lives on the edge of the New Forest with her husband and daughter. She loves the freedom and creativity that comes with writing and enjoys nothing more than penning short stories and poems to entertain friends and family.  Chris Rivers Nuttall is a professional artist and lives in Manchester with his wife and two daughters. At Gatwick this morning Natalie said:

“We are absolutely thrilled that Virgin Atlantic has agreed to partner with us to celebrate International Children’s Book Day. The themes in the book tie in perfectly with the Virgin brand, and we sincerely hope that children flying on the day will enjoy our story.”

Zak and Jen’s Astronomical Adventures: The Petal Planet is published by Austin Macauley and can be purchased on Amazon. The series also has its own dedicated Facebook page , Instagram and Twitter



Dave Gunner

Dave is the co-editor of Ruby, the Virgin Atlantic Blog. He has worked at Virgin Atlantic for over two decades. In that time he has amassed some truly epic memories but never lost his fascination with the airline world. Dave's on a mission to bring you some great insights into our people, planes and planet.

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