YTT Reporter Ruby Smith reviews book by Sir Paul McCartney
YTT youth reviewer Ruby Smith shares her thoughts on Sir Paul McCartneys children’s book, Hey Grandude!
Jennifer Ruby, a journalist at The Daily Mail titled her article on 5th September 2019 as ‘Now Macca really is a Paperback Writer!’ and indeed he is - with his first book published earlier last month, Sir Paul McCartney has broken into yet another form of art, now having written a children’s book, with illustrations by Kathryn Durst.
Inspired by his eight grandchildren, McCartney’s premier book is adventurous, and exciting to everybody - one that I certainly enjoyed despite it being aimed at only slightly younger children than me.
Having been a fan of his music for a while, I knew that I simply had to have a copy of his first book - and I am so glad that I have!
It is enjoyable, and the illustrations are so colourful that they bring the story to life - kudos to Durst, there.
The actual plot of the book is simple, but it works in its favour; bringing the characters; Lucy, Tom, Em and Bob… and of course their Grandude… to life within the short story. I wish that it had been longer, though it is just the right length for a bedtime story - which Macca aimed for when writing it, “I wanted to write it for grandparents everywhere – and the kids – so it gives you something to read to the grandkids at bedtime”, he told Penguin publishers in an interview for the release of the book.
For a first release from such a legend, both on stage and off, Hey Grandude! Is superb, and hugely enjoyable.
I cannot wait to read more of Sir Paul McCartney’s work - it was a pleasure to read, and a story that I know I will be reading again and again, and recommending to younger family members and friends.