Dinosaurs and hip-hop are instructing 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 kids’s ebook sequence to show classes primarily based on points of his personal life and that of his kids.
The Brooklyn born and raised hip-hop MC’s first ebook referred to as “Brush Your Enamel Rex” was created in New York. The story follows Tommy Rex as he finds a strategy to brush his enamel together with his little arms.
A ebook impressed by Molina’s personal life, as he missed going to the dentist for a few years, resulting in surgical procedure and loads of dental work.
“I mentioned ‘let me write a ebook on how you can preserve your enamel clear so different children do not should undergo this,'” Molina mentioned.
The inspiration for the youngsters’s ebook sequence got here when Molina’s spouse grew to become pregnant with their daughter Sultana, now 5 years previous. He wished to discover a new manner of working with hip-hop and incorporate it into his new life as a father.
“I felt like I wanted to make hip-hop for my future daughter…” mentioned Molina. “In order that’s how the idea of writing a kids’s ebook happened, and mixing it with dinosaurs was when my spouse was pregnant.”
Earlier than dinosaurs, Molina tried utilizing characters like aliens, robots, and monsters, however none of them made sense to Molina.
“I felt that children love dinosaurs,” he mentioned.
The remainder of the sequence, books two, three and 4, got here out of Stockton.
Her second ebook, “Tara Takes Flight”, was additionally impressed by Molina’s life. Molina remembers his mom sending him and his brother to Puerto Rico to go to their father. They’d journey alone and flight attendants would maintain them till touchdown.
“It is a few younger me who’s afraid of flying,” Molina mentioned.
“Attempt, Sarah Tops,” the third ebook within the sequence, is a few choosy eater. Molina, who was a choosy eater as a toddler, is attempting to show his children to not be choosy eaters.
The latest ebook, ebook 4 within the sequence, “Tyler Rex the…Two-O-Ninosaur”, is a reference 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 deliver their household nearer to his spouse’s household. Molina wished to include San Joaquin County into his ebook for 2 causes, he mentioned.
It is a good message for youths whose dad and mom journey or transfer so much and want to begin over in a brand new city and since he loves Stockton and raises his household right here, he wished to shed a constructive mild on Stockton to counter what the group hears or hears about. see within the information or within the media, he mentioned.
As soon as “the inventive juices begin flowing”, Molina and illustrator and creative director Charles Brian Ugas “oOge” take only a few weeks to create a brand new ebook.
Molina mentioned he writes his books “like songs” utilizing hip-hop beats, writing them like a rap. He information a demo, shares the rhymes with Ugas so he can hear and browse the rhymes, and does not give any steerage for the illustrations.
A web page within the ebook says:
“Though he missed the bagels and pizza
His household discovered taco vans in Manteca
Superhero mothers in Lodi with out the capes
Cute retailers and farms with a thousand grapes”
— Orlando Molina, aka MC Zeps, “Tyler Rex the…Two-O-Ninosaur”
The graphic designer of “Tyler Rex the…Two-O-Ninosaur” is a neighborhood graphic designer who could be discovered on Instagram below the identify vbrnt.tm.
“Every ebook has a unique (graphic) designer. They’re all my pals who’ve helped me alongside the journey…”, mentioned Molina. “That is how we made the rhyme of the ebook, illustration, graphic design, printed.”
All books have a black and white web page part referred to as “graffiti spot” the place children can get inventive.
“It’s meant to extend literacy in each points to learn the story however then write your personal. Remix the ebook,” Molina mentioned.
Not solely is “Rhymosaurs” a kids’s ebook sequence, but in addition an “academic platform”. Molina hosts occasions for the entire household with MCs, DJs, graffiti artists and dancers, in addition to inventive writing workshops.
Most of the artists are pals who volunteer their time to attend group occasions, whereas different instances Molina pays DJs and others to attend paid occasions.
Molina additionally spends a few of her time instructing the “4 Parts of Hip-Hop” in extracurricular packages. The 4 components are MC, DJ, break-dancing and graffiti.
Her upcoming occasions embrace instructing graffiti bubble lyrics, movement, and rhyming writing on the Elevate Dance Firm, owned by her sister-in-law Edith Sumaquial, July 25-29. To enroll, go to: https://www.elevatedancecompany.com/calendar
He additionally has a ebook tour and will probably be in Galt on August sixth and in Oakland on August thirteenth. For upcoming occasions and knowledge, go to: https://www.fb.com/Rhymosaurs/
Molina has two kids, daughter Sultana and son Leo, who will probably be 3 years previous quickly. His daughter raps and freestyles throughout story time on the mic with him at occasions.
“My kids, they’re my inspiration…”, mentioned Molina. “They’re my all the things and so they make me need to do that for the remainder of the children in the neighborhood, as a result of I do know in the event that they prefer it, the opposite children will find it irresistible.”
The Rhymosaurs ebook sequence could be discovered at these native shops:
- Caterpillar Youngsters’s Boutique, 906 N. Yosemite St., Stockton
- Candy Life Boutique, 2051 Pacific Ave., Stockton
- GingerBugs Lodi, 2 W. Oak St, Lodi
File reporter Angelaydet Rocha covers group information in Stockton and San Joaquin County. She could be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @AngelaydetRocha. Help native information, subscribe to The Stockton File at https://www.recordnet.com/subscribenow.