Dinosaurs and hip-hop train life classes to children from Brooklyn, New York to Stockton, California.
Orlando Molina aka MC Zeps, creator and creator of “Rhymosaurs,” mixes dinosaurs and hip-hop in his youngsters’s ebook collection to show classes primarily based on facets of his personal life and people of his youngsters.
The Brooklyn-born and raised hip-hop MC’s first ebook, Brush Your Teeth Rex, was created in New York. The story follows Tommy Rex as he finds a option to brush his tooth together with his tiny arms.
A ebook impressed by Molina’s personal life as he uncared for to go to the dentist for a few years leading to surgical procedure and lots of dental works.
“I said, ‘Let me write a book about how to keep your teeth clean so other kids don’t have to go through that,'” Molina mentioned.
Inspiration for the youngsters’s ebook collection got here when Molina’s spouse grew to become pregnant together with his daughter Sultana, who’s now 5 years previous. He needed to discover a new option to work with hip-hop and combine it into his new life as a father.
“I felt like I had to do hip-hop for my daughter-to-be…” Molina mentioned. “So I got the idea of writing a children’s book and mixing it with dinosaurs was when my wife was pregnant.”
Before Dinosaurs, Molina tried to make use of characters like aliens, robots, and monsters, however none of them made sense to Molina.
“I got the feeling kids love dinosaurs,” he mentioned.
The the rest of the collection, books two, three and 4, got here from Stockton.
His second ebook, Tara Takes Flight, was additionally impressed by Molina’s life. Molina remembers that his mom despatched him and his brother to Puerto Rico to go to their father. They could be touring alone and the flight attendants would care for them till they landed.
“It’s about a young me that’s scared of flying,” Molina mentioned.
Try, Sarah Tops, the third ebook within the collection, is a couple of choosy eater. Molina, who was a choosy eater as a baby, tries to show his youngsters to not be choosy.
The newest ebook, ebook 4 within the collection, Tyler Rex the…Two-O-Ninosaur is a nod to space code 209 and his personal transfer from Brooklyn to Stockton. This ebook was funded by the native non-profit Tuleberg Press.
Molina and his spouse moved to Stockton to lift their household nearer to his spouse’s household. Molina needed to incorporate San Joaquin County in his ebook for 2 causes, he mentioned.
It’s excellent news for kids whose dad and mom journey or relocate lots and want to start out over in a brand new metropolis, and since he loves Stockton and is elevating household right here, he needed to forged a constructive gentle on Stockton to counteract what the group is saying hear or see on the information or media, he mentioned.
Once “creative juices start flowing,” Molina and illustrator and inventive director Charles Brian Ugas “oOge” solely want a couple of weeks to create a brand new ebook.
Molina mentioned he writes his books “like songs” with hip-hop beats and writes them like a rap. He data a demo, shares the rhymes with Ugas so he can hear and browse the rhymes, and offers him no directions on illustrations.
On one web page of the ebook it says:
“Although he kinda missed the bagels and the pizza
His family found taco trucks in Manteca
Superhero Moms in Lodi with no capes
Nice shops and farms with a thousand grapes”
— Orlando Molina, aka MC Zeps, “Tyler Rex the…Two-O-Ninosaur”
The graphic designer for Tyler Rex the…Two-O-Ninosaur is a local graphic designer who can be found on Instagram under the name vbrnt.tm.
“Each book has a different (graphic) designer. They’re all friends of mine who have helped me on my journey…” Molina said. “That’s how we published the book Rhyme, Illustration, Graphic Design.”
All books have a black and white page section called “Graffiti Spot” where children can be creative.
“It’s meant to encourage literacy in both aspects of reading the story but then writing your own. Remix the book,” Molina mentioned.
“Rhymosaurs” is not only a children’s book series, but also an “academic platform”. Molina hosts family-friendly events featuring MCs, DJs, graffiti artists and dancers, and runs creative writing workshops.
Many of the artists are friends who volunteer at community events, while Molina sometimes pays DJs and others to attend paid events.
Molina also spends part of his time teaching the “4 Elements of Hip-Hop” in after-school applications. The 4 parts are MC, DJ, breakdance and graffiti.
His upcoming events include teaching graffiti bubble letters, flow and rhyme writing at Elevate Dance Company, owned by his sister-in-law Edith Sumaquial, July 25-29. To register, visit: https://www.elevatedancecompany.com/calendar
He also has a book tour and will be in Galt on August 6th and Oakland on August 13th. For upcoming events and information visit: https://www.facebook.com/Rhymosaurs/
Molina has two children, daughter Sultana and son Leo, who will soon be 3 years old. His daughter raps and sings songs with him at events on the microphone during story time.
“My youngsters, they’re my inspiration…” said Molina. “They are my the whole lot and so they make me wish to try this for the remainder of the youngsters in the neighborhood as a result of I do know in the event that they prefer it, the opposite children will like it.”
The Rhymosaurs book series is available at these local stores:
- Caterpillar Children’s Boutique, 906 N. Yosemite St., Stockton
- Sweet Life Boutique, 2051 Pacific Avenue, Stockton
- GingerBugs Lodi, 2 W. Oak Street, Lodi
Record reporter Angelaydet Rocha covers group information in Stockton and San Joaquin County. She may be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter at @AngelaydetRocha. Support native information by subscribing to The Stockton Record at https://www.recordnet.com/subscribenow.