The other day I received an email from third-year college student Matthew Hodges in the UK. He was given an assignment of creating an animation to promote poetry to eight-year-old students. After researching children’s poetry on the Internet, he decided to create a video of my poem “My Puppy Punched Me in the Eye,” from my book My Hippo Has the Hiccups.
Along with Editor Danny Buttigeig and Photographer Gemma Rafferty, Matthew spent two weeks creating this video, which took 900 frames and “rather a lot of plasticene” (what we call “modeling clay” here in the US). The result is a fun “claymation” video that I’m proud to share on poetry4kids.
If you’ve created an animated video using one of my poems, or if you’ve seen one that you like, please drop me a line and let me know about it. I’d love to see it and maybe even share it with my readers.