Author/Illustrator will sign copies of his children’s book, ‘Like Mother Like Daughter, Starring Bobbie’ in Solvang

The Book Loft in Solvang will host a book signing on Sunday, May 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. with Robert Byrne, author and illustrator of “Like Mother Like Daughter, Starring Bobbie.”  

Author/Illustrator Robert Byrne

You’ll fall in love with Bobbie and the many other endearing characters in this children’s picture book. Bobbie is challenged by a special attribute that defines her personality, and propels her to spontaneously follow whatever may interest her at the moment — leading her on adventures encountering interesting people and places. You might say she is extraordinarily creative and somewhat impulsive in her actions.

In this story, “Like Mother Like Daughter,” family traits, just like family genes, are often passed down through generations. They can be viewed as negative or positive attributes, but Bobbie has a wonderful family who accepts and loves her for who she is, and appreciates how special she is.

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Byrne’s experience spans both traditional and digital illustration. He is known for fine art illustration, portraits, and being a graphic designer and a past art director, illustrator, and animator of over 12 popular children’s learning CD ROMS. Over the last 15 years he has been the featured artist for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce — Lifetime Achievement Awards. He is an award-winning artist of The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.

“I love creating what was not there before and seeing children and adults enjoy themselves in a make-believe world,” Byrne says. “I grew up in such a world and still reference it daily.”

The Book Loft is located at 1680 Mission Drive in Solvang. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. It is also home to the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, which closes one hour before the bookstore. For more information, go to