MIDDLETOWN, Ind. —
Local artist Stuart Troxell is adding another feather to his already crowded cap. He has just written, illustrated, and published his first children’s book.
Aimed at the younger crowd, “Buster the Backseat Driver” tells of the adventures of a lovable beaver. Troxell will introduce “Buster” with a special reading and reception at the Middletown Public Library at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 26.
The reading and reception will kick off the special events of the local Summer Reading Program. More than 500 patrons of all ages are participating in the reading program. Troxell, a 2006 graduate of Shenandoah High School, says the book was inspired by a stuffed beaver who occupied the backseat of his car after his young niece showed no interest in the toy. The drive-through clerks at McDonalds used to tease him about the beaver in the backseat and a story book was born.
A standout in school art classes, Troxell went on to graduate from the International Business College in Indianapolis in 2008.
One of his most visible art works is the outside and parking lot of the local diner, Greg’s RBI, on Ind. 236. The art has a baseball theme, and If you look close enough, you will see several of Troxell’s school friends in the dugout.
The son of Danny and Brenda Troxell, he credits his dad and his uncle with also being talented artists. And he credits the Three Stooges for inspiration. “They had very cheap budgets for their movies, but they are still being talked about and watched,” he said. “I like that. You don’t need a lot of money to be creative.”
He is also a talented musician and has a new CD of music coming out in August. It is called “Furniture,” and he wrote all the songs and played all the instruments in the songs.
Other programs planned during Summer Reading include:
- A Secret Garden tour – hosted by Joyce Minnick and granddaughter Abby Wilson on June 30. Registration is full.
- “Star Wars” presentation at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 14, at the Middletown Civic Center on Locust Street.
- The children’s closing party at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 28, at the library with Ronald McDonald. At that time, the library will conduct two drawings for color Nook E-readers for adults and teens who have completed the program.