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Outlaw Pete Hardcover – November 4, 2014
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About the Author
Frank Caruso is a cartoonist and Vice President of Creative Services for King Features, where he has upheld the mantle of Popeye, Betty Boop, and other classic comic properties. Caruso has contributed as a writer/cartoonist to various humor magazines and created the graphic novel Heart Transplant with Andrew Vachss covering the topic of bullying. He won two Emmys for his work on the children’s safety show SeeMore’s Playhouse. Caruso is a member of New York’s Society of Illustrators.
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Top Customer Reviews
I love the illustrations and the story, but it's a little darker than most children's books. Bruce addresses that at the end of the book when he explains that he believes children are better able to understand redemption, ect. than people give them credit for. I would tend to agree with Bruce!
For a short introduction, song named ‘Outlaw Pete’ written by Bruce Springsteen was included in his ‘Working on a Dream’ 2009 album, and with it Boss created not only a memorable song, but also equally great character loved by his fans worldwide.
Given not so usually encountered text, though Springsteen songs usually convey the whole story in front of listener eyes, the task to put his words into the artwork was challenging for illustrator. The memories of the youth, back in 50s and his favorite children book ‘Brave Cowboy Bill’ repeatedly read to Springsteen mother inspired this story about the cowboy who "cut his trail of tears across the countryside" or in Boss words “Outlaw Pete is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins"
Illustrator Frank Caruso when asked about Pete character answered "…like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and for me, even Popeye, Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of our country… (he) weaves its way into the fabric of great American literary characters". The result of Caruso work is sometimes simple but certainly imaginative artwork, story combined of black and white motives, light and dark, perfectly fitting tune of the song.
And though one may ask is it really children book or graphic novel, the answer is no easy to provide – actually it’s somewhere in the middle. Is it for children?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for a friend for Christmas ( a huge Springsteen fan), said it was his favorite gift.Published 1 month ago by mark
Fans of Bruce Springsteen will love this book. It is well illustrated and appeals to young and old. However, I couldn't read the book without singing it to myself. Read morePublished 5 months ago by marnie
My Kids love this song when they were little, and would sing along in the car. This was just a wonderful little surprise for my son on his 14th birthday. Read morePublished 6 months ago by C. F. Icare