Paul McCartney is writing a new chapter. Fresh from his first Billboard No. 1 album in 36 years, the Beatles great will publish his first children’s book, “Hey Grandude” later this year. And this week he’s shared for the first time its art, which includes an image of the Hall of Famer in a familiar pose with a grin on his face and his bass guitar slung leftie.
“I’m excited to share the cover of my new children’s book ‘Hey Grandude!’ which will be out later this year,” McCartney explains in a message posted to his official website. “I’ve worked on this with a great illustrator called Kathryn Durst and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.”
“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.
“Hey Grandude,” announced late last year, will be published in September 2019 under the Random House Books for Young Readers imprint in the U.S. and the Puffin imprint in the U.K. The book is available to preorder here.
McCartney is coming off a huge 2018. His most recent album, Egypt Station, bowed at No 1 on the Billboard 200 and his Carpool Karaoke stint with James Corden was a viral hit, clocking up tens of millions of views. His Freshen Up tour of the Americas kicks off in March.
Check out the “Hey Grandude” artwork below.
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) January 24, 2019