When I am asked why I decided to write “Adventures in Raceland” the answer is always the same. To give kids an alternative to all the violence, sex and drugs they are exposed to in today’s culture of “play.” For me it’s about: Wholesome Entertainment.
You see, I am a proud father of two. I am also a flag football coach who took my team, to the Flag Football Superbowl (we won: 25 – 6!) and I am very well educated and experienced with kid’s licenses. To explain that a little further, I worked with Playmate Toys on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I worked for Disney on Lion King, Nintendo & Hasbro on Pokemon and lastly, Warner Brothers on Harry Potter – I have seen it all in terms of children’s entertainment.
It all started when my boys were 6 and 7 years old. They were exposed to a horrible video game called Grand Theft Auto (If you’re not aware of how explicit this game is, I suggest you do additional research.) Anyways, I walked in on my boys laughing and moving a joystick that made a black man’s butt back and forth as he was raped a white girl. That was it.
That is when I realized that something needed to be done: Kids can have fun without stacking up dead bodies on video games.
Adventures in Raceland is a part of a world called Rodkingz that I created to give kids a safe, fun and exciting place to play. There is no sex, violence or drugs – and kids can win real prizes. Rodkingz is family friendly and it promotes interaction among the players. Adventures in Raceland is a storya bout kids growing up in Hot Rod High and chasing their dreams on the tracks on Raceland. It’s a feel good story of child empowerment. Adventures in Raceland cover three main topics that I personally feel kids and even parents have lost sight of:
- Kids don’t talk anymore – Rodkingz (particularly Adventures in Raceland) promotes social interaction
- Our story is Family Friendly, but it is still exciting – without the killing/violence and drug exposure
- In Adventures in Raceland, the good guys win!
Adventures in Raceland is an answer to the ever-so-present world of violent
video games, TV shows, movies, etc. that have completely taken over our children’s definition of play. All too often, parents are not away of what lessons these video games are teaching the young minds of our culture, and it’s time for someone to step up to the plate with a different option of “fun.” Personally, the number one priority should be “Family First.” If a game, a TV show, or anything for that matter cannot be enjoyed by the entire family, chances are it is not appropriate. I am also hoping to teach children that to have a friend – first you need to be one. And finally, it’s important to remember to play hard – you never know when life will slam on the breaks.
If you have any questions about Adventures in Raceland, Rodkingz, or if you just want to learn more about the book/my work as an author, feel free to check out the CONTACT form – I am happy to answer any/all questions!