Paul McCartney has inked with Penguin Young Readers Group for a children's picture book inspired by "Tropic Island Hum," an animated film he helped create.

Paul McCartney has inked with Penguin Young Readers Group for a children's picture book inspired by "Tropic Island Hum," an animated film he helped create. Due Oct. 4 in the United States, "High in the Clouds: An Urban Furry Tale" is a collaboration with author Philip Ardagh and animator Geoff Dunbar.

"Having worked on this story and the characters for many years, it's very
exciting for me to see things come to fruition in what I think will be a
remarkable book," the former Beatle says.

"Tropic Island Hum" was released last year as part of the DVD "Paul McCartney: The Music and Animation Collection." It follows the adventures of Wirral the Squirrel, who escapes hunters and winds up on an island filled with other asylum-seeking animals.

McCartney's theme for the cartoon, coupled with his 1984 hit "We All Stand Together" (Parlophone), reached No. 21 on the U.K. singles chart last year, his highest ranking since "Young Boy" reached No. 19 in 1997.

As previously reported, the artist will kick off a North American tour Sept. 16 in Miami. He is also confirmed to appear at the London edition of the July 2 Live 8 concerts.

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