Paul McCartney To Release Children's Book 'Hey Grandude!' In 2019

Cheryl A. Hoahing

Paul McCartney just released his 18th solo album, Egypt Station, and is currently on his "Freshen Up" world tour, but music isn't the only thing on his brain. The 76-year-old just announced that he has authored his first children's picture book, Hey Grandude!

"Basically, it's about a character called Grandude who represents grandfathers everywhere," explained the iconic Beatles co-founder in a video uploaded to YouTube.

"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 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 bedtime."

As he thought more about the endearing moniker, he started to write down some stories, which he eventually pitched to book publishers. One really liked his tales and offered him a publishing deal.

Of course, the book's title, Hey Grandude!, is a clever nod to the Beatles classic hit "Hey Jude," which McCartney co-wrote with the late John Lennon back in 1968 — 50 years ago!

While children of all ages — and diehard Beatles fans — will surely enjoy McCartney's offering, it is deemed most appropriate for kids between the ages of 4 and 6.

Canadian artist Kathryn Durst colorfully illustrated the pages of McCartney's book. He called her images "brilliant."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee also released Blackbird Singing, a collection of poems and lyrics, in 2001.