I don't think you need to change it, but of course it is for you to decide. I just made the connection because of the tourist company description of the landscape as Seuss-like. Maybe just stay away from adding cats in hats to your landscapes.
I'll definitely take the Ramirez comparison. I love his work.
It's not based on a real place. Well, unless you count what's in my head as real, or "unreal," take your pick.
Also, it's not that hot here. Only in the summer, and not as hot as you'd think. But it's dry. The "high desert" is misleading. "High" means the elevation is higher, so it's much colder. In the winter, it snows. It gets bone-chilling cold here by November, and it's moderate in the spring. Rainfall is minimal, but we had a lot last year making the spring pretty beautiful. This year, not so much. Summer was unusually hot and it hit 100 a few times, while down below Palm Springs hit record-breaking temps of 125. It's always at least 20 degrees hotter there. The low desert is brutal.
Apart from the exciting discussion regarding the title, what I’d like to say is that the combination of your geometric childlike bottom half and the more realistic adultlike top half makes it a winner!!!