The Airplane Ride

By (author): Howard White

Illustrated by: Greta Guzek



Howard White

Howard White was raised in a series of camps and settlements on the BC coast and never got over it. He is still to be found stuck barnacle-like to the shore at Pender Harbour, BC. He started Raincoast Chronicles and Harbour Publishing in the early 1970s and his own books include A Hard Man to Beat, Spilsbury’s Coast, The Accidental Airline, Writing in the Rain, The Sunshine Coast and A Mysterious Humming Noise (Anvil, 2019). In 2000, he completed a ten-year project, The Encyclopedia of British Columbia. He has been awarded the Order of BC, the Canadian Historical Association’s Career Award for Regional History, the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, the Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award and a Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from the University of Victoria. In 2007, White was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.


Greta Guzek

Illustrator and painter Greta Guzek lives in Gibsons, BC. Her illustrative work includes Down at the Seaweed Café, My Vancouver Sketchbook and The Airplane Ride (Harbour Publishing, 2006).


The friendly, rhyming verse and the playful color pictures reinforce the wonders of flying as a brand new experience, to be cherished and enjoyed. Especially recommended as a read-aloud book for parents to share with young ones before undergoing their very first airplane flight.
―James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review
Ms Guzek has produced another happy and colourful children’s story as a sequel to her highly acclaimed Ferryboat Ride. She made a great choice in getting acclaimed author Howard White to do its text.
―Ron MacIsaac, Lower Island News
Thanks to the strong―but not overt―Canadian content and Gruzek’s whimsical illustrations, The Airplaine Ride frequently finds its way to the top of the nighttime pile …
―John Threlfall, Monday Magazine


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“Recommended… 3 stars out of 4.”
-Stephanie Yamniuk, CM Magazine.

Since its publication in 1993, thousands of children have enjoyed the whimsical text and illustrations of The Ferryboat Ride and its companion volume, The Ferryboat Ride Colouring Book. These bestselling titles have garnered praise from teachers, parents and young people, with more than 12,000 copies sold to date.

Now, Greta Guzek takes her colourful paintings to the air, this time accompanied by text by award-winning author Howard White.

In The Airplane Ride, a young boy gets on a plane for the first time to go visit his grandparents, and we experience the newness of his journey along with him. From the sculptures of the Vancouver Airport to the expanse of the Rockies, the Prairies and the Great Lakes, The Airplane Ride captures the grandeur of the Canadian

With its delightful combination of winning illustration and simple, playful text, The Airplane Ride is a surefire children’s classic.

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32 Pages
9.25in * 9.25in * 0.25in


October 23, 2006


Nightwood Editions



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