Bruce Springsteen has written a children's book.

He obviously needs the money.

The New York Times reports Springsteen has written "Outlaw Pete," which is based on his 2009 song of the same name from the album "Working on a Dream." Cartoonist and author Frank Caruso handled the illustrations.

"Outlaw Pete" is about a boy who starts robbing banks at a very young age, but eventually comes to regret his criminal ways.

Sounds like the book I'm working on -- "Outlaw Beebs," about a young Canadian boy who robs the American public blind.

But back to "Outlaw Pete" ...

"It's a book for anybody who loves a good western," said Simon & Schuster president Jonathan Karp, whose company is publishing it. "It's for readers of all ages."

Translation: Springsteen's fans are so devoted, we're counting on them to force it on their children and make us millions.

"Outlaw Pete is a quintessentially Springsteen character, brought to life here, and like the song, it's a meditation on fate," Karp added. "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 available Nov. 4.

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