Paul McCartney Is Writing A Picture Book Called ‘Hey Grandude’

Paul McCartney is a storied musician, but now he’s trying out his chops with children’s stories.

The former Beatle announced Thursday that he is authoring a picture book called Hey Grandude, a pun referencing his song “Hey Jude”.

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The book follows a man called Grandude who has magical powers and takes his four grandchildren on adventures.

“He calls them ‘Chillers’,” McCartney explained in a video . “They love him and they go on adventures with him and he’s kind of magical, so you’ll see that in the book. I wanted to write it for grandparents everywhere – and the kids – so it gives you something to read to the grandkids at bed time.”

The 76-year-old also talked about how he arrived at the cheeky title.

“I’ve got eight grandchildren and they’re all beautiful and one day one of them said to me ‘Hey Grandude!’. I said ‘What?’ and I thought, I kind of like that, so from then on I was kind of known as Grandude,” he said.

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McCartney continued, “So basically it’s about a character called Grandude who represents grandfathers everywhere. He has four grandchildren and he calls them “Chillers”. They love him and they go on adventures with him and he’s kind of magical, so you’ll see that in the book. I wanted to write it for grandparents everywhere – and the kids – so it gives you something to read to the grandkids at bed time.”

Hey Grandude isn’t the first picture book by a famous musician. Bob Dylan, Madonna and Keith Richards have all authored their own illustrated children’s books.

The book, which is illustrated by artist Kathryn Durst, will be released September 2019.

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