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Bruce Springsteen to release first children's book: 'Outlaw Pete'

The Boss, Bruce Springsteen
The Boss, Bruce Springsteen
Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez

Bruce Springsteen, a.k.a. "The Boss", who has rocked and rolled with the best of them, is set to release a children's book in November. According to The New York Times, The Boss has written his first children's book. The children's picture book titled, “Outlaw Pete”, is modeled after one of his songs.

"Out Law Pete" is about a bank robber who is also a baby. This character was first created in his song “Outlaw Pete” from Springsteen's 2009 album, Working on a Dream. He wrote the book based on the lyrics from this 2009 hit. Cartoonist and author Frank Caruso illustrated this quirky and creative work of children's literature.

“Outlaw Pete” is about a baby who becomes a bank robber. It takes some time, but eventually Pete sees the light and decides to take the moral high road. He leaves his criminal lifestyle to become a better baby.

It’s a book for anybody who loves a good western,” reported Simon & Schuster president, Jonathan Karp. “It’s for readers of all ages.”

'Outlaw Pete' is a quintessentially Springsteen character, brought to life here, and like the song, it’s a meditation on fate,” he went on to say. “Pete is robbing banks at a very young age, and he does a lot of things he regrets, but as the lyric says, you can’t undo the things you’ve done.”

“Outlaw Pete” will be in bookstores on Nov. 4.