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R.W. Alley book signing tour stops in Ogunquit. Introducing his newest book Firefighters to the Rescue!

October 21, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

You are in for a real treat during Ogunquitfest this year!   R.W. Alley will be at the store on Saturday October 21st for a book signing.  Not only will all his Paddington books be available for purchase, but be one of the first to enjoy his newest creation  Firefighters to the Rescue!

For fans of Richard Scarry and Busytown, here is a funny and informative picture book all about firefighters.  R.W. Alley has created lively animal characters, a rollicking story and detail-packed illustrations.

The officers of Breezy Valley answer the call to protect their beloved town. Ladders, axes, and water hoses take center stage as the firefighters rescue the tabby cat twins, put out blazes, and save not only lives—but also the town ice cream parlor! Lively action, equipment details, cross-section pictures and more will keep young firefighter fans engaged throughout this delightful story.

A little history about the Paddington Series……On October 13, 1958 Michael Bond published the first book about our favorite bear, A Bear Called Paddington. The novel was inspired by a stuffed bear Bond rescued from a department store shelf on Christmas Eve, and it took all of ten days to write.  RW Alley has been been drawing Paddington since 1997. Today, Paddington boasts an international following with some 70 titles translated into 30 languages, with 30 million copies sold.

All books will also be available to pre-order via phone or in store by filling out a form with the personalization information of each book purchased. Pre-order before your trip to Ogunquit and it will be waiting for you when you arrive! Call the store for more information. Can’t make it…we can ship your signed books to you!

The following is a list of books available to pre-order

Firefighters to the Rescue

A Bear Called Paddington

Paddington and the Christmas Surprise

Paddington Treasury

Paddington at the Beach

About the Author

R.W. Alley is the author and illustrator of many children’s books. For more than 20 years, he has been the illustrator of the revived Paddington Bear series, across multiple formats. Other recent work includes There’s a Princess in the Palace: Five Classic Tales Retold, and Mitchell on the Moon. He received the Rhode Island Mock Caldecott Award for There’s a Wolf at The Door, and a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book for Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day. Books he has illustrated have been selected by Junior Library Guild and included in lists such as ALA Notable Books for Children, Bank Street Best Book of the Year, Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts, among others.


October 21, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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