Paul McCartney on being a ‘Grandude’ children’s author

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Sir Paul McCartney has written a book about an “eccentric old guy”

Sir Paul McCartney may be a world-famous rock superstar but to his grandchildren he’s “Grandude”.The former Beatle has eight grandkids – six boys and two girls – aged from seven to 20.He says they make music, watch football and dance together.Now, their relationship has inspired his latest project – a children’s book called Hey Grandude! The title is of course a nod to the Beatles’ Hey Jude. But the idea for the book came from the nickname given to McCartney by his grandchildren.”One of my grandkids – who used to call me ‘Grandad’ – just happened one day to say ‘Grandude’ and it kind of stuck,” McCartney explains. “So the other kids started calling me ‘Grandude’.”McCartney liked it so much he started making up stories about a character called Grandude, who he pictured as a kind of retired hippie having adventures with his grandchildren.”I imagined him as a sort of eccentric old guy.

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“He’s got a grey beard, a little bit of a ponytail, so he’s a little bit groovy. He has a little hat and a bow tie.”And he has this magic compass so when he rubs that you can go anywhere.”The book’s fictional family take off on a whirlwind magical mystery tour. They ride horses with a cowboy in the desert, face an army of crabs on a tropical beach and dodge an avalanche

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