2019 09 06T151746Z 1148790993 RC14DB527140 RTRMADP 3 MUSIC PAULMCCARTNEY BOOK - HEY GRANDUDE

Former member of The Beatles Paul McCartney poses with his book ‘Hey Grandude!’ at a launch event in London, Britain, September 6, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville.

He may be one of the world’s most famous musicians, but Paul McCartney is also just a regular grandfather – and that is the experience he draws on for his new children’s book Hey Grandude!

While the title is a nod to one of The Beatles’ best known songs, “Hey, Jude,” it is inspired by a nickname given to McCartney, 77, by one of his eight grandchildren.

“One of them just said to me one day ‘Hey, granddude,’” the former Beatle told a group of schoolchildren at the launch in a London bookstore on Friday.

“I thought, ‘Oh, he said ‘hey granddude.’ And I said ‘Wait a minute, you normally call me granddad,’ and he said, ‘No I like the sound of grandude.’ So that is what inspired me to write the book.”

Publisher Puffin describes the book as a wild and wonderful adventure with a twist of magic inspired by McCartney’s own experience of being a grandfather. Reuters

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