Paul McCartney Announces Children's Book 'Hey Grandude'

Paul McCartney
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Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney announced today (Sept. 27) that he has written his first illustrated children’s book, titled Hey Grandude.

The singer shared his news in a short video on Puffin Books’ YouTube account. McCartney co-wrote the 2005 children’s book High in the Clouds with Philip Ardagh, but Hey Grandude will be the musician’s first solo literary venture. 

Hey Grandude follows the adventures of a magical man named Grandude and his four grandchildren, who he calls “Chillers.” McCartney originally got the idea for the book after one of his eight grandchildren began to refer to him as “Grandude,” and the nickname stuck. “I wanted to write it for grandparents everywhere, so it gives them something to read to the grandkids at bedtime,” McCartney said. 

"I’ve written a new children’s picture book. It’s called Hey Grandude! Why? Well… I’ve got eight grandchildren...," he also tweeted.

Hey Grandude, illustrated by Kathryn Durst, will be published in Sept. 2019, and is available for preorder now. With his new picture book, McCartney joins the ranks of fellow musician children’s book authors like MadonnaDolly Parton, and David Bowie.

Watch McCartney announce Hey Grandude below. 


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