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From Paul McCartney—an action-packed picture-book adventure celebrating the fun that grandparents and grandkids can get up to. See the compass needle spin, let the magic fun begin! Meet Grandude—a super-cool grandfather who is an intrepid explorer with some amazing tricks up his sleeve. Grandude is a one-of-a-kind adventurer! With his magic compass, he whisks his four From Paul McCartney—an action-packed picture-book adventure celebrating the fun that grandparents and grandkids can get up to. See the compass needle spin, let the magic fun begin! Meet Grandude—a super-cool grandfather who is an intrepid explorer with some amazing tricks up his sleeve. Grandude is a one-of-a-kind adventurer! With his magic compass, he whisks his four grandkids off on whirlwind adventures, taking them all around the globe. Join them as they ride flying fish, dodge stampedes, and escape avalanches! Brought to life with gloriously colorful illustrations from talented artist Kathryn Durst, it’s the perfect bedtime story for little explorers


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From Paul McCartney—an action-packed picture-book adventure celebrating the fun that grandparents and grandkids can get up to. See the compass needle spin, let the magic fun begin! Meet Grandude—a super-cool grandfather who is an intrepid explorer with some amazing tricks up his sleeve. Grandude is a one-of-a-kind adventurer! With his magic compass, he whisks his four From Paul McCartney—an action-packed picture-book adventure celebrating the fun that grandparents and grandkids can get up to. See the compass needle spin, let the magic fun begin! Meet Grandude—a super-cool grandfather who is an intrepid explorer with some amazing tricks up his sleeve. Grandude is a one-of-a-kind adventurer! With his magic compass, he whisks his four grandkids off on whirlwind adventures, taking them all around the globe. Join them as they ride flying fish, dodge stampedes, and escape avalanches! Brought to life with gloriously colorful illustrations from talented artist Kathryn Durst, it’s the perfect bedtime story for little explorers

30 review for Hey Grandude!

  1. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    A Grandude and his "chillers" (a grandfather and grandchildren) embark on a series of fantastic adventures thanks to the grandfather's magical compass in this debut picture-book from celebrated musician Paul McCartney. Escaping from a gray and drizzly day, the group of travelers find themselves on a sunny beach, then in the Old West, and finally on a peaceful mountain slope in the Swiss Alps. Eventually they return home, and the children (or chillers) are put to bed by their Grandude... Although A Grandude and his "chillers" (a grandfather and grandchildren) embark on a series of fantastic adventures thanks to the grandfather's magical compass in this debut picture-book from celebrated musician Paul McCartney. Escaping from a gray and drizzly day, the group of travelers find themselves on a sunny beach, then in the Old West, and finally on a peaceful mountain slope in the Swiss Alps. Eventually they return home, and the children (or chillers) are put to bed by their Grandude... Although I didn't have quite as strong a negative reaction to this one as an online friend of mine who also read it, I did find Hey Grandude! rather lacking, and think it perfectly exemplifies the pitfalls of having celebrities, famous for their work in other, non-children's-literature related endeavors, writing picture-books. This reads like what an adult who doesn't know much about picture-books thinks a picture-book should be. The story idea isn't terrible (I can even see some kids finding it entertaining), but there's a little too much here, and McCartney doesn't quite hold it all together in one tale. Somehow, the narrative here just felt rather disjointed, like the author was trying to do too much. The artwork is colorful and cute, and again, I can see some children enjoying it, but it didn't do much for me either. Mileage varies, so if you're a determined Paul McCartney fan, you might want to give this one a look, but overall I was left feeling rather indifferent to it, and don't strongly recommend it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Una Tiers

    This was not what I expected in terms of Paul's songs. It was 32 pages long. Still it was kind and fun.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael Fitzgerald

    No one - not anyone anywhere - needed this book. Paul didn't need the money. Paul didn't need the media attention. Certainly no readers will have their lives changed by this. Unfortunately, I will never have those 15 minutes of my life back. The book starts off on the wrong foot with a dumb conceit - it's written not by McCartney, but by "Edward Marshall Sr." Perhaps Paul wanted some kind of plausible deniability to hide behind. There are four grandchildren - a diversity-fest, natch. Like Paul, No one - not anyone anywhere - needed this book. Paul didn't need the money. Paul didn't need the media attention. Certainly no readers will have their lives changed by this. Unfortunately, I will never have those 15 minutes of my life back. The book starts off on the wrong foot with a dumb conceit - it's written not by McCartney, but by "Edward Marshall Sr." Perhaps Paul wanted some kind of plausible deniability to hide behind. There are four grandchildren - a diversity-fest, natch. Like Paul, Grandude is pretty darn white. I'm not sure whether we are supposed to think that these kids are adopted or that they are each from a different child's marriage or what. It's just kind of contrived and is likely a burnt offering made to the gods of "we need diverse books" to avoid being shamed and cancelled via Twitter. Grandude has a magic compass. Apparently Paul read Mary Poppins. We get dumb puns about a school of flying fish ("I hope we don't have to do any homework!") that they get to ride. When crabs arrive, the compass takes them to the desert and we get dumb puns about Appaloosa horses ("Appa-Lucy?"). When buffalo arrive, the compass takes them to the Alps. No dumb puns here. When an avalanche happens, the compass lets them ride a flying cow (really, another ride on a flying animal? a rerun already?). Then the compass takes them home and to bed. Good grief. Is that it? Nothing at all about this is the least bit interesting or amusing or entertaining. Every bit of it has been done better elsewhere hundreds of times before. There are "catchphrases" ("See the compass needle spin, let the magic fun begin!" 3 times and "Zing, bang, sizzle" 4 times) and there are repeated bit of dialogue ("Hey, Grandude!" said [grandkid]. "Can we go somewhere a little less [or more]..." then Grandude fills in the blank: pinchy, stampy, sleepy. Could this be any more phoned-in? It's like some lackey told Paul, "Wow, Sir Paul, you're a genius. Hey, you know how to use words! You should write a children's picture book!" and Paul, being too old to argue, went along with it. The problem is, he doesn't know the first thing about children's picture books and thinks that he's being clever or something. Instead it's so incredibly stale. The illustrations have no charm and are just generic cartoon-like things. What a huge step down from something creative like Yellow Submarine. It uses the dreadful font play (different sizes, different alignments) that has infected other recent books. If you can possibly escape this book, do so without any regrets.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    As a huge Paul McCartney fan, I couldn’t wait for this book to come out. As a new grandma myself, I look forward to taking my grandkids on many memory creating adventures. Grandude captures the love of his grandchildren by trying desperately to change a boring gray, cloudy day for them. And he succeeds in a great way! Excited to see what Paul might write next!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vern

    Okay, a book. Like his songs. Why? Why did he write this?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lexi

    You can definitely tell this was written by "the cute Beatle" because that's what it is. ;)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan Crowe

    5 stars because, hey, It's Paul McCartney!!! Written and narrated by Paul!! It was cute!! Loved it!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathy McC

    Just about perfect. 4.5 stars. The best thing about this book is the strong writer's voice- I could hear Sir Paul's voice in my head reading this aloud.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Georgette

    I love my Beatles, but Sir Paul did not need to write this book. Cute idea, but execution is just filed under ok

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    Audiobook is fantastic!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Abby Johnson

    Hand this one to Beatles fans who are parents or grandparents!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Raven Black

    Cute and fun. For the modern reader and family dynamic. Might be too "sweet" for some but overall should have a broad appeal.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pauline

    I've been in love with Paul McCartney for most of my life. This book was not written like his music, but enjoyable. It's short, but sweet.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Wendelle So

    fun and wholesome. I guess Sir Paul wrote this for his grandkids and probably shows what kind of grandfather he is-- mellow and loving yet cool and adventurous

  15. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    My niece's birthday present to my dad for his first year as a zayde. It's cute, the pictures are nice (the artist is Canadian!), but it's not anything special. (I mean, other than that it was WRITTEN BY PAUL EFFING MCCARTNEY!)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie Kellum

    This one is sure to be a hit at storytime. Hilarious. *I read a digital ARC of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lisamarie

    Cute story and beautifully illustrated. I couldn’t wait to get the book after hearing Paul talk about it almost a year ago! Fun for all ages!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Badgley

    Brilliant story, wonderful drawings and beautiful tip of the hat to Linda. What is not to love???

  19. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Heersink

    This graphic and vivid picture book is a fun, and hip story about a grandude and his grand “chillers”. It starts out with all the chillers in the living room, being bored out of their mind and all very moody because of the rain and stormy weather outside. Then finally their favorite grandude comes home and shows them all of his postcards from faraway places he has visited. He asks them if they want to go on an adventure and his magic compass takes them to all the places, they wish to go. They go This graphic and vivid picture book is a fun, and hip story about a grandude and his grand “chillers”. It starts out with all the chillers in the living room, being bored out of their mind and all very moody because of the rain and stormy weather outside. Then finally their favorite grandude comes home and shows them all of his postcards from faraway places he has visited. He asks them if they want to go on an adventure and his magic compass takes them to all the places, they wish to go. They go to a warm beach, they go to a cowboy town, and they even go to a nice swiss mountainside. This story uses such new language that I have never even heard before but loved every page. I think this story is a fun way to get students talking about their families and places they go together. While none of the students have a grandude with a magic compass, this is one story that can get students writing about family vacations and what they like about them. This story had no lesson to it, but still was a very fun read that I liked way more than I anticipated. I guess you can’t judge a book by its title!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tania

    Grandude is the older male equivalent of a Mary Poppins. He is watching his Chillers (grandchildren), they are antsy on a rainy day and hopeful for adventure, and through a magical postcard their grandfather delivers. As the grands are whisked around the world in a series of speedy encounters with the daring and the dangerous, they are in turns delighted and a bit fearful. When the adventures finally come to an end, everyone is ready for a return to a more sedate everyday life. The pictures are Grandude is the older male equivalent of a Mary Poppins. He is watching his Chillers (grandchildren), they are antsy on a rainy day and hopeful for adventure, and through a magical postcard their grandfather delivers. As the grands are whisked around the world in a series of speedy encounters with the daring and the dangerous, they are in turns delighted and a bit fearful. When the adventures finally come to an end, everyone is ready for a return to a more sedate everyday life. The pictures are cute and filled with action. There are more words that I expected for a picture book - great for me, but it does up the age group for which this book is intended (at least as far as whether they can read alone or need to be read to). Overall it's a sweet story, showing a bond that forms between a grandfather and his grandchildren, and hit its mark for fun and funny.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle Stoller

    Another case of a celebrity writing a book.....and I'm not quite sure it pays off. I love that the grandpa is the central character along with the grandkids. (Normally you see grandmas). Still, I find it a bit long....and not a fave.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Duh, it's Paul.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Norkett

    A big Beatles fan in our family was the one who was the most interested in this story. A nice story - it was one adventure after another, all thanks to magic.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    A fantasy tale of a grandfather and his four grandchildren as he takes them on magical adventures using his magic compass to take them to and fro, and have them safely back before bedtime.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I was expecting some sort of take on the song Hey Jude, and this is nothing like that. It was an interesting adventure story instead, maybe for early elementary students. The illustrations are nice and a lot is happening. The only weird part was that one character was alternating what he was wearing on the early pages, and I don't know if they just missed something or if that was intended.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dimity Powell

    Page-filling illustrations and a relaxed narrative drive this story about grandparents, grandfather's in particular and the magical, zany relationship they share with their grandkiddies. Imaginative and geographically interesting (Grandude escorts his grandkids, aka the Chillers to various locations on planet Earth with the help of his magical compass), Hey Grandude! is a spirited adventure ride which I am certain would entertain either when read as a book story or via the CD or Audio editions, Page-filling illustrations and a relaxed narrative drive this story about grandparents, grandfather's in particular and the magical, zany relationship they share with their grandkiddies. Imaginative and geographically interesting (Grandude escorts his grandkids, aka the Chillers to various locations on planet Earth with the help of his magical compass), Hey Grandude! is a spirited adventure ride which I am certain would entertain either when read as a book story or via the CD or Audio editions, which Paul narrated himself. Penned by an inspired grandfather himself, Paul McCartney, this tale visually captivates although despite the many places visited, I'm afraid the story doesn't really travel, anywhere.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Suzi Sherman

    Great book to teach creativity and is a fun read aloud

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bella

    LOVE this.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    Cute book written by Sir Paul McCartney and illustrated by Kathryn Durst. It tells the adventures of a grandfather and four of his grandchildren with a bit of magic interspersed.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Loved it!

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