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Sir Paul McCartney set to release his own picture book Hey Grandude

The Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney is set to release his own picture book.

The 76-year-old rocker, who follows in the footsteps of musicians including Madonna, Bob Dylan and Keith Richards, announced the forthcoming tome on Thursday while also announcing the name – Hey Grandude.

He said: ‘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.’

Happy days: The Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney is set to release his own picture book

Sir Paul revealed the book, which is illustrated by Kathryn Durst and tipped for release in September next year, follows an old, magical gentleman called Grandude and his adventures with his four grandchildren.

Discussing the storyline, he said: ‘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.’

Kathryn added: ‘I have wonderful childhood memories of my dad taking my siblings and me on exciting adventures, just like Grandude does in the book.’

The big reveal: The 76-year-old rocker, who follows in the footsteps of musicians including Madonna, Bob Dylan and Keith Richards, announced the forthcoming tome on Thursday while also announcing the name - Hey Grandude

The big reveal: The 76-year-old rocker, who follows in the footsteps of musicians including Madonna, Bob Dylan and Keith Richards, announced the forthcoming tome on Thursday while also announcing the name – Hey Grandude

With his late wife Linda, who he was married to from 1969 to 1998, he shares daughter Stella, Heather, Mary and James. He was married to Heather Mills from 2002 to 2008. They share daughter Beatrice McCartney, 14.

The rocker is now married to Nancy Shevell, after tying the knot in 2011.

Stella is mother to Miller Alasdhair James Willis, 13, Bailey Linda Olwyn Willis, 11, Beckett Robert Lee Willis, 10, Reiley Dilys Stella Willis, seven. Mary is mother to Arthur Alistair Donald, 19, Elliot Donald, 16, Sam Aboud, 10 and Sid Aboud, seven.

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