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Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee

by Jerry Spinelli

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary and Philosophical References

  • Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (12.19, 13.16)
  • Mike Mulligan's Steam Shovel (27.4, 32.6, 32.10)
  • The Little Engine That Could (27.4, 28.1)
  • The Story of Babar (27.4) 

Historical References

  • George Washington, (33.11)
  • Willie Mays (25.26, 31.9)

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