Paul McCartney Pens Children's Picture Book

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —

Sir Paul McCartney has signed with Penguin Young Readers Group to publish his children's picture book, High in the Clouds: An Urban Furry Tale, in the United States on October 4. The initial US print-run is planned at 500,000 copies. The book will have a two-day publication of October 3 and 4 in eight countries (and counting).

"Having worked on this story and the characters for many years, it's very exciting for me to see things come to fruition in what I think will be a remarkable book," said McCartney.

For the project, McCartney teamed up with veteran children's book author, Philip Ardagh and animator Geoff Dunbar. The story for High in the Clouds was inspired by an animated film called "Tropic Island Hum" on which Dunbar and McCartney had collaborated.

"This is going to be a major best-seller for us, and I know that a whole new generation of readers will become fans of Paul," says Doug Whiteman, president of Penguin Young Readers Group, who brokered the deal with the Suzy Jenvey, editorial director of Faber and Faber UK .

The book will be published under the Dutton Children's Book imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, a division of Penguin Group (USA). –Bob Grossweiner and Jane cohen