Friday 1 October 2021

Grandude’s Green Submarine

Grandude’s Green Submarine
by Paul McCartney, illustrated by Kathryn Durst (Puffin Books) HB with dust cover RRP $24.99 ISBN9780241472934

Reviewed by Dianne Bates

Music legend Sir Paul McCartney presents a second picture book about Grandude and his adventures, the first being Hey Grandude! The inside page has a letter in which Grandude introduces himself and his grandchildren (his ‘chillers’) – Lucy, Tom, Em and Bob – who he says love going on magical adventures together. In this story the chillers say it’s too hot, so Grandude invites them into his top-secret inventions shed, which is ‘as cool as an iced drink (or ice rink). There, too, the chillers spot a photo of Nandude who is missing.

Grandude leads the children down a secret passageway and past a locked door they find a bright green submarine. With the aid of his golden magic compass, the submarine is launched ‘with a zing, bang, sizzle’ through the shed roof and into the clouds. They find themselves at the edge of a little village and from there Grandude’s friend Ravi takes them to a shady terrace where they talk and sing about Nandude’s adventures.

Eventually, after encountering riverside animals, and an enormous octopus, the small group eventually finds Nandude in a huge underwater ship.

This is an action-packed adventure with lots of twists and turns. It’s a family-fun story with boldly coloured illustrations that are sure to be enjoyed by readers aged five and upwards.

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