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Covering the Newbery (#70): Maniac Magee

I firmly believe a person can only look at so many Flickr search results pages before going insane. I met that threshold this time out and so:

1. I am now insane.

2. I resorted to something I’ve never done before – I made my own drawing. Here goes…

1991: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: I wanted Cobble’s Knot, so the knot we have. Although it sort of looks like a multicolored hairball.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

Comments

  1. I prefer your cover!

  2. Maniac Magee is one of my all-time favorite books! That being said, I LOVE your cover! :)

  3. Great cover for Maniac. I’m forwarding this to Jerry and his wife, Eileen (my long-time friends and mentors in both life AND writing.) They’ll love to see what you did here, I’m sure. Also–take a look at the July 16th issue of Newsweek, wherein they point out real instances of insanity-by-technology overload. Bring on the pencils & paper!!

  4. This is a fabulous rendition of the Maniac Magee cover! Cobble’s Knot = brilliant :)

  5. I love it! Maniac Magee is one of my all time favorite books! I’m going to miss reading it this year to my 4th graders….since I’m at 2nd now.

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