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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.
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!
The story is not one for kids (though I'm not so sure it's all that terrible, either -- just not likely terribly interesting to them). The illustrations are top notch and the story line is great. Springsteen, as usual, has captured humanity and history well. The artistry from both of these men is wonderful and this book is proudly prominent on my bookshelf.
The rhyming is unusual, and I found it charming. It's also a very bloody, violent book with illustrations to match, and at times its as though the page of the book itself, is drenched in blood. We never learn the reason that Outlaw Pete started off his life in such a harsh way, but maybe Bruce will write a prequel and let us know. Maybe Outlaw Pete won't seem like such a bad guy.
Here's the saddest page in the book for me.
"He found Pete
by the river,
pulled his gun
and got the drop
"Pete, you think
but you have not."--location 18 of 31
Poor Pete can't outrun his past, and eventually must deal with the burden of that past by way of a bounty hunter. I'm not sure I'd read this story to young children, but older ones(8-10) who are coming out of their fantasy thinking would certainly enjoy this book. Maybe it has a lesson in it that parents can explain to their children after reading it to them.
But over time it has worked its way into my heart by its simple universality.
We can all run as far or as fast or as long as we like, we may even be born to it.
But none of us can outrun our past. Whether it is our conception of ourselves,
Or our conception of the world, or the world's conception of us.
We each carry the same burden and the same privilege that we lay down only with death.
We can choose to deal with it, or we can choose to ignore it, but we can never leave it behind.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting book. Loved the song and to see it brought to life in a book was strange but I like it!Published 2 months ago by Scott Bindelglass
Bought this for a friend for Christmas ( a huge Springsteen fan), said it was his favorite gift.Published 9 months 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 13 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 14 months ago by C. F. Icare