The Boothbay Railway Village has published a children’s book titled, Reginald The Railway Rat. The story by Paige Pendleton follows Reggie through one day at the Museum including visits with lots of animal friends most notably popular Museum resident goats, Coal & Tender. The 28-page, oversized story book measures 9 ¾ X 12 ¾ inches and features both watercolor and pen & ink drawings by Thomas Block.
The book is available exclusively through the Boothbay Railway Village. The retail price of the book is $13.95. It can be purchased at the Museum Store during the operating season. Proceeds from sale of Reginald the Railway Rat support the Museum, which is a not-for-profit organization.
The Museum can also accept internet and telephone orders for Reginald The Railway Rat with a credit card by calling 207-633-4727. Shipping & handling is a small additional charge of $4 per book. If you live locally or are visiting the area during the off-season, call us and we can make arrangements for you to save the shipping and pick up your copy from our administrative office.
Pendleton is the author of The Keeper and the Rune Stone and The Keeper and the Alabaster Chalice, and Star of Wonder. She lives in Rockport, Maine, with her family.
Block retired as an art educator in coastal Maine after 37 years to pursue a career as an artist and illustrator. In addition to this book, he has illustrated Paige W. Pendleton’s The Black Ledge series and Star of Wonder. Among his other books are Togus a Coon Cat Finds a Home by News Center 6’s Don Carrigan; Baxter in the Blaine House by former Blaine House director Paula Benoit; and several books by Steven Powell, including Patch Scratching and Bear Moonlight Sonata. He illustrated the 2014 National Indie Publishing award-winner Retsbol Rises by Jayne Jones, and three-time award winner Maggie Goes to Maine by Betsey Anderson. He lives in Boothbay Harbor.
In July of 2015, Pendleton and Block offered a workshop for children during the annual Books in Boothbay event held at the Museum in partnership with the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library. For that workshop they developed a character named Reginald who lived at the Railway Village. The children helped create storyboards and illustrations of Reggie as part of the session. Inspired by how well-received the concept was at that workshop and by their mutual affection for the Museum they pitched the idea of publishing a book to the Museum’s staff.
The book is dedicated to Sharon Pulkkinen, the long-time volunteer chair of Books in Boothbay, who made the invitation to the team to offer the workshop.
HINT: When you visit the Museum be sure to look for Reggie’s house, it’s under Freeport Station but you can see the entrance just outside the Station’s back door under one of the luggage carts!