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Hey Grandude!
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Hey Grandude!
The New York Times bestseller 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.
The New York Times bestseller 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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  • ATOS:
    3.6
  • Lexile:
    570
  • Interest Level:
    LG
  • Text Difficulty:
    2 - 3

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About the Author-
  • Since writing his first song at the age of fourteen, Paul McCartney has had an impossibly prolific and singularly influential career. In the 1960s, Paul changed the world forever with The Beatles. He didn't stop there, continuing to push boundaries as a solo artist, with Wings, and through collaborations with numerous world-renowned artists. He has received eighteen Grammys, and in 1997 was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen for his services to music. Paul's most recent album, Egypt Station, was his first one to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts.
    Paul is a dedicated philanthropist, passionately advocating for many causes, including animal rights and environmental issues. He's also a very proud grandfather.
    Kathryn Durst is a graduate of Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada. With a background in animation, she has interned with Pixar Animation Studios, in addition to working with various children's book publishers. When she is not illustrating books, she can be found playing the accordion, growing vegetables, folk dancing, or putting on shadow puppet shows. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her grumpy mini dachshund named Chili Dog.
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  • Kirkus

    Hanging out with grandad turns out to be anything but boring after he pulls out a very special compass and takes everyone on a magical mystery tour. A "gray and drizzly" day takes a series of exciting turns for Lucy, Tom, Em, and Bob--a racially diverse quartet of sibs (or maybe cousins) in Durst's fluid, informal cartoon scenes--after grizzled Grandude strides into the room. He has a compass that transports him and the "Chillers" with a "zing, bang, sizzle" to a beach, a desert, and a Swiss mountainside. Like the economical text, which aside from a quick refrain is all in prose, experiences at each stop take on a certain pattern as the children thrice enjoy their new setting but then need a quick spin of the compass to escape a flood of pinchy red crabs, mount horses but narrowly avoid a bison stampede, then abandon a picnic to clamber atop an obliging flying cow when an avalanche threatens. Despite the allusive title (and the "Grandude" moniker, which McCartney admits he cribbed from his own grandkids) there's no sign of the self-absorption that often rides celebrity picture books. Ultimately, the genial tour guide, who is white but otherwise looks nothing like the author and even plays guitar right-handed, spins the compass one final time to deliver the weary Chillers back home. Readers will roll up for repeats, and not just because of the name on the cover. (Picture book. 5-8)

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 14, 2019
    Inspired by McCartney’s own nickname and featuring a titular wink toward the Beatles’ “Hey Jude,” this picture book debut from the musical icon hits all the right notes in the tale of a cool grandfather, his magical compass, and his grandchildren: Lucy, Tom, Em, and Bob. The “Chillers,” as Grandude dubs the foursome, are visiting for the weekend, but gloomy weather is thwarting their fun—“everybody was grumpy and too bored to be bothered.” Enter Grandude with zingy green backpack, a handful of postcards and, like Mary Poppins before him, a mystical compass. The family rides flying fish, horses, and airborne cows in various locales, narrowly evading danger each time before being whisked to the next destination. An energetic refrain (“See the compass needle spin,/ let the magic fun begin!”) and an onomatopoeic arpeggio (“Zing, bang, sizzle... everything changed!”) set the pace for each brisk adventure—until Grandude sees the children home and tucked in for bed. Durst’s colorful illustrations enliven the narrative with cartoon details and scrawled textures. An entertaining, if familiar, debut. Ages 4–6.

  • School Library Journal

    October 18, 2019

    PreS-Gr 2-McCartney regales readers with the tale of a granddad who possesses a magical compass. Waving the compass over a postcard and muttering a special phrase, "See the compass needle spin, let the magic fun begin," Grandude and his grandchildren are transported to beautiful beaches, the wild West, and the rolling hills beneath the Alps. Yet no majestic location is without its faults, and eventually the family returns home for bedtime. McCartney's story is whimsical and fun, filled with pleasing alliteration and onomatopoeia. Older readers will nod in appreciation at the title, a clever play on the Beatles song, "Hey Jude." Grandude calls his grandchildren "Chillers," and the warm relationship between the grandfather and his grandkids is touching. Durst's illustrations are playful, bright, and detailed, filling the pages and encapsulating the magic of the time-traveling story. VERDICT This is a lovely story for readers who enjoy adventure and love their grandparents; it will surely be a hit with McCartney's fans.-Kaitlin Malixi, Kensington Health Sciences Academy, Philadelphia

    Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publishers Weekly "This picture book debut from the musical icon hits all the right notes in the tale of a cool grandfather, his magical compass, and his grandchildren."
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