Children’s author Peter Millett has created the first ‘clone video’ for a new kid’s book release. His latest project ‘My Old Man He Played Rugby’ required him to learn the many different positions played on a rugby team, and then to act them all out. His first clone video features himself playing three roles, and he’s intending to increase his coverage to five different roles (or more) for the book’s forthcoming music video.
In addition to cloning himself, the author has also bolstered his team numbers by enlisting superstar illustrator Jenny Cooper to create the artwork, and superstar actor/singer Jay Laga’aia to provide the music for the project.
“I can’t believe that I finally get to work with Jenny Cooper. She’s one of the best illustrators in NZ. Her opening scene featuring the backside of a front row is brilliantly funny. And Jay Laga’aia blew me away with his musical version of my book. It’s really, really rocky.”
The book came about while the author hummed the famous rhyme ‘This Old Man He Played One’ while watching a rugby game.
“It suddenly dawned on me that the numbers 1-10 in the rhyme could easily be the numbers on the backs of the player’s rugby shirts.”
Millett wrote the rhyme in record time and only became stuck on the verse for ‘Number 7’ because nothing rugby-related rhymed with seven. In the end Sonny Bill William’s skills on the field inspired the line: ‘My Old Man He played Seven – he offloaded to eleven’. From then on the author never looked back!
The book is out now in time for the Bledisloe Cup games and Father’s Day.
Available from all good bookstores in NZ and Australia.
For more details see the author’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/PeterMillettBooks