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Outlaw Pete Hardcover – November 4, 2014

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Bruce Springsteen’s recording career spans more than forty years, beginning with 1973’s Columbia Records release Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ. He has released eighteen studio albums, garnered twenty Grammy Awards, won an Oscar, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was a 2009 recipient of Kennedy Center Honors, and was named 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy. Springsteen’s newest album, High Hopes (Columbia), was released on January 14, 2014.

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1St Edition edition (November 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1501103857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1501103858
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 0.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you know the lyrics, you know the story - it's the same text, and the themes are far from a typical children's story. The beautiful and deftly toned artwork compliments this instant classic of a song. Antagonism, loss, crime and murder, and an inability to overcome one's faults are some of the elements our protagonist faces. In the Afterward, Bruce speaks about how children shouldn't be necessarily sheltered from the realities of life, and it'll be up to each parent to decide if they agree. Even if you don't buy it for children, young or older, the way the artwork brings the epic story to life make this worthy of any bookshelf or coffee table. And it's not possible to refrain from "singing" the book in the original melody!
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Disclaimer:I'm a huge Bruce Springsteen fan, so I pre-ordered this book.
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!
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‘Outlaw Pete’ written by Bruce Springsteen and imaginatively illustrated by Frank Caruso though made in series of pictures is more book for adults than usual children book you would give your kid to enjoy alone.

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?
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Frank Caruso's illustrations perfectly match the words and tone of this poem. While it may not be a book for children (as the author says himself) it is a beautifully poignant story that takes us through hard beginnings, harder middles and an attempt at redemption. As a long, long time Bruce Springsteen fan, the collaboration on this book delivers the message and beauty of this song. It's worth the price of admission just for the illustrations and I am so happy to have received this book as a birthday gift from a dear friend.
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Enjoyed the "story" about "Outlaw Pete." This book is for adults with adult themes (shooting, killing). The illustrations are well done...especially of "Outlaw Pete" as a 6-month old in diapers committing a crime very early in his career.
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I'm a total Springsteen fan so I bought this book. My suggestion is to first look only at the amazing artwork of Caruso. Then read the two pages (sorry, no numbers) where Dan was dying and whispered in Pete's ear. Then go to the beginning and enjoy the message.
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Amazing drawings bring the story and message of Outlaw Pete to life. Frank Caruso does an amazing job here. It would be great to see a big book chronicling some of Bruce's greatest songs over and extended time-line.
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"Outlaw Pete" is one of a friend's favorite Bruce Springsteen songs and I therefore thought the book would be a perfect birthday gift for him. I was correct. He loved how the artist depicted the story and will be keeping the book on his coffee table to share with visitors.
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