What are your favorite scenes from the book?
Daniel: I like the opening scenes of Huck coming to Los Angeles. I grew up next to the river in the community of Boyle Heights. And, when I was a kid, it was always special when we went across the bridge, across the river to Downtown LA. That meant we would go to Olvera Street or someplace else special that was outside of my neighborhood. So when Huck starts describing coming to California and coming to Los Angeles, I can tap into that really easily.
Tim: I love the scene where Huck and Miguel come tumbling out of the drainage pipe into the river. They’re splashing down into the river. It’s the beginning of their adventure, and it’s a turning point in the story. Daniel has captured it really well. The other scene I love is when Huck meets Tom Sawyer. Tom takes him first down to the river in Compton, and then he takes Huck to an abandoned building. Daniel’s got them breaking in through the broken window. It’s a really cool scene, and it’s one of my favorites of Daniel’s illustrations.
Daniel: Yeah, I like that one too. There’s something about Tom’s face.
Tim: He looks like a kid on an adventure! He’s breaking into a building with his buddy. It’s awesome.
Daniel: Which I used to do. The abandoned Linda Vista Hospital in Boyle Heights!
Tim: I was too well behaved as a kid. I wasn’t breaking into many buildings. I’ve since become less well-behaved.