Bruce Springsteen has written his first children’s book about bank-robber Outlaw Pete and it was inspired by memories of 1950s children’s book Brave Cowboy Bill which his mother read to him as a child.
It’s an illustrated cowboy story for youngsters about a bank-robber “trying to outrun his sins”. Pete, based on an eight-minute ballad from his Working on a Dream album, will be published by Simon & Schuster in November.
Jonathan Karp, Simon & Schuster’s president says the story will appeal to adults too“It’s a book for anybody who loves a good Western. It’s for readers of all ages,” he said. “It has an adult sensibility, and so does the book. Outlaw Pete is a quintessentially Springsteen character, brought to life here, and like the song, it’s a meditation on fate. “Pete is robbing banks at a very young age, and he does a lot of things he regrets, but as the lyric says…
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