I was so happy to be among more than 300 invited guests at the authors’ reception celebrating the 48th Annual Local Author Exhibit in the new San Diego Central Library, at the Library’s Joan and Irwin Jacobs Common. Working as E. Felix Lyon, I illustrated Max and the Lowrider Car, one of the books in the Exhibit, which continues through February.
Also attending the reception were the book’s author, Jim Miles (pen name Tonton Jim), and its publisher, Linnea Dayton. “Max is a wonderfully funny story,” says Dayton, “with truly charming illustrations.”
In the story, Max, a wolf cub in the fifth grade discovers an amazing customized car in Mr. L. Lobo’s auto body shop. From that day on, life changes for Max, his friends, his big brother, and nearly everyone else in the town of Hound’s Glenn. The quest for more cars to customize leads a small mixed band of adventurers (wolves and hounds, pups and grownups) on a road trip complete with campfire monster stories, motorcycle-riding wild boars, and an invasion by a townful of very perturbed birds. In the end, of course, Max dreams up a way to fix everything. The book was launched in November, 2013, at the Lemon Grove Library in association with a solo show of new oil paintings and watercolor illustrations for the book.