Yes, you read that correctly. Bruce Springsteen is bringing the lead character from his song “Outlaw Pete” into a children’s book. Outlaw Pete will be out on November 4. It will be published by Simon and Schuster.
Rolling Stone reports:
Bruce Springsteen has teamed up with writer and cartoonist Frank Caruso to transform his 2009 song “Outlaw Pete” into a children’s book. “When Bruce wrote ‘Outlaw Pete’ he didn’t just write a great song, he created a great character,” Caruso said in a statement. “The first time I heard the song this book played out in my head.” The book will hit shelvers on November 4th.
Memories of the 1950 children’s book Brave Cowboy Bill, which Springsteen’s mother read to him as a child, inspired the tale of a cowboy who “cut his trail of tears across the countryside.” “Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and for me, even Popeye, Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of our country,” says Caruso, “and weaves its way into the fabric of great American literary characters.” Adds Springsteen: “Outlaw Pete is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins.”
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