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Sir Paul McCartney announces picture book sequel inspired by The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine


Sir Paul McCartney announces picture book sequel inspired by The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine and introduces new character Nandude

  • Yellow Submarine was first released by the Beatles on their 1966 album Revolver and as a double a-side with Eleanor Rigby 
  • In 1968 an animated film titled The Beatles: Yellow Submarine, was released 
  • In 2019, Sir Paul announced the release of his first picture book Hey Grandude! 
  • He explained: ‘I’ve got eight grandchildren… One day one of them said to me: “Hey Grandude!”… So from then on I was kind of known as Grandude’
  • The sequel, Grandude’s Green Submarine!, is set for release on September 2nd

Yellow Submarine was first released by The Beatles on their 1966 album Revolver, and as a double a-side with Eleanor Rigby. 

And now, Sir Paul McCartney, 78, has taken inspiration from the famous track for his new picture book Grandude’s Green Submarine!

The book is set to be released globally on September 2nd and follows on from the rockstar’s 2019 offering Hey Grandude! and introduces new character Nandude.

New book: Sir Paul McCartney, 78, has announced that he’s releasing a picture book sequel titled Grandude’s Green Submarine which introduces new character Nandude

Grandude’s Green Submarine ‘continues the adventures of Grandude and his grandchildren as they set off on a quest to find their music-loving grandmother, Nandude!’.

Sir Paul said: ‘I’m really happy with how Hey Grandude! was received as this was a very personal story for me, celebrating Grandudes everywhere and their relationships and adventures with their grandchildren.

‘I love that it has become a book read to grandkids at bedtime all around the world.

‘I always said if people liked the first book and there was an appetite for more I would write some further adventures for Grandude – so he’s back and this time with his special invention, Grandude’s green submarine!’. 

Second in the series: The book is set to be released globally in September and follows on from the rockstar's 2019 offering Hey Grandude! (Pictured in 2019)

Second in the series: The book is set to be released globally in September and follows on from the rockstar’s 2019 offering Hey Grandude! (Pictured in 2019)

Submarine! The rocker has taken inspiration from the famous Beatles' track Yellow Submarine for his new picture book

Submarine! The rocker has taken inspiration from the famous Beatles’ track Yellow Submarine for his new picture book

The children’s book is described as an ‘action-packed extravaganza of wild imagination and fun for all the family, a read-aloud that’s perfect for sharing, destined to become a timeless classic’. 

Illustrator Kathryn Durst said of the sequel: ‘I think this is the adventure book we all need during this time, when everyone is stuck at home and longing to travel to exciting new places.

‘I really enjoyed drawing the newest character in the book, Nandude, particularly because we both share a love of playing the accordion!’

Inspired: The Beatles' legend has previously revealed that the name Grandude was inspired by his eight grandchildren who call him by the nickname

Inspired: The Beatles’ legend has previously revealed that the name Grandude was inspired by his eight grandchildren who call him by the nickname

Francesca Dow, the UK managing director of Penguin Random House Children, said: ‘Paul McCartney is one of the most extraordinary wordsmiths and creative talents. We’re delighted that he has a new Grandude adventure to tell.

‘Hey Grandude! has been a global sensation and it has been a joy to see children, parents and grandparents around the world taking Grandude to their hearts.

‘We’ve all fallen in love with Paul and Kathryn’s wonderful new character, Nandude, and in a time when grandparents are being celebrated like never before, Grandude’s Green Submarine offers us the heroes we all need.’ 

In 1968 – two years after the release of Yellow Submarine the track – an animated musical film titled The Beatles: Yellow Submarine, was released. 

Adventure for the mind: Illustrator Kathryn Durst said of the sequel: 'I think this is the adventure book we all need during this time, when everyone is stuck at home'

Adventure for the mind: Illustrator Kathryn Durst said of the sequel: ‘I think this is the adventure book we all need during this time, when everyone is stuck at home’

On the Penguin website, a teaser for Sir Paul’s first picture book reads: ‘Meet Grandude, an intrepid explorer grandfather, and his four grandkids. With his magical colourful postcards, Grandude whisks his grandchildren off on incredible adventures…

‘Join them as they ride flying fish, dodge stampedes, and escape avalanches… It’s a wild rollercoaster ride with a twist of magic, and a heartwarming family story, inspired by Paul’s own experiences of being a grandfather…

‘Brought to life with funny, colourful illustrations from talented artist Kathryn Durst, this is the perfect picture book for parents, grandparents and their little explorers.’

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