Paul McCartney is back with a new album, some scandalous untold stories about his experimental early Beatles years, and apparently a new children’s book as well! As The Guardian reports, the soon-to-be-published picture book is meant for both children and “grandfathers everywhere,” as it looks to follow the story of an “elderly, magical gentleman called Grandude,” which is somewhat based off of Sir Paul’s experience with his own eight grandkids.
“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.”
So McCartney’s new family alias inspired him to think of more fun stories which he could share with other grandkids and youthful curious readers around the world. The kids in the books are referred to as “Chillers,” and spend time going on fun adventures with their magical “Grandude." The book’s illustrations will be designed by Kathryn Durst, whose recent kid’s book publications include 2018’s “Life with My Family” and “Float, Flutter.” Examples of Durst’s wonderfully fun illustrative work can be found by checking out her website.
“Hey Grandude” may have been inspired by some cheeky comment that only a grandchild could pull off, but it’s also a little play from the title of The Beatles’ 1969 single, “Hey Bulldog.” Speaking of The Beatles, McCartney isn’t the only surviving member of the band who has released a kid’s book in recent years. In 2013, drummer Ringo Starr published the illustration-based “Octopus's Garden,” inspired by the youthful adventures brought to life in the lyrics of his own song from the band’s Abbey Road album.
“Hey Grandude” is scheduled to arrive globally one year from now sometime in September 2019. McCartney’s 18th studio album, Egypt Station, arrived just a few weeks ago back on Sept. 7. Tickets for select shows on the classic rocker’s upcoming North American 2019 spring tour are also on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.