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Freckle Juice

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  40,710 ratings  ·  951 reviews
Nicky has freckles: they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. Sitting behind him in class, Andrew once counted eighty-six of them, and that was just a start! If Andrew had freckles like Nicky, his mother would never know if his neck was dirty.

One day after school, Andrew works up enough courage to ask Nicky where he got his freckles. When know-it-all S
Paperback, 40 pages
Published November 1988 (first published July 1st 1978)
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Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
This wasn't my favorite Judy Blume but it came close. My favorite had to be "Are you there, God? It's me Margaret."

This one appealed to me quite a bit when I was young because I also had a TON of freckles. Along with my read hair...I hated them!

I loved the fact that Andrew WANTED freckles like Nicky. In his mind his mom would never notice how dirty he was that way (ohhh child logic). Then we have enterprising Sharon who comes up with the idea that she will sell Andrew a secret recipe for fifty
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
So, I read this with my daughter this past weekend and she said "it was just okay." LOL We had a good time talking about the ingredients in the secret recipe and if we would drink it and why the main character thought drinking something like that would give him freckles in the first place.

A cute book, not one of Blume's best.

SPOILER ALERT: The bratty little girl goes on to prank the boy who had freckles and wanted to get rid of them by trying to pawn her secret recipe off on him too. I don't k
Considering that most children's literature (or episodes in children's novels) dealing with freckles generally have as a main theme how to get rid of the latter (such as for example in L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Avonlea, Anne Shirley mistaking a bottle of red dye for the lotion that is supposed to bleach the freckles on her nose and thereby staining it brightly scarlet), I guess it is indeed rather funny that in Freckle Juice, the exact opposite does in fact occur and that author Judy Blume has A ...more
Aug 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1990
I couldn't get behind this book. I thought the kid was stupid.
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
‘Freckle juice’ an excellent book about a young boy named Andrew. One day he is sitting behind Nick in class and notices he has so many freckles and he thinks to himself that all his problems would be solved if he had freckles. It would stop him from being late for school and getting in trouble with his mother. His enemy, Sharon hears that Andrew want freckles and offers him her secret ‘freckle juice recipe’ for fifty cents. This is a lot of money for Andrew however, he is desperate to have frec ...more
Feb 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
L-A-M-E! I read it in one day, and there is absolutely no point.
Jul 22, 2014 rated it liked it
This buch is the prequill buch to Lorne of the Rings, where that little guy Frodjo really wants his Freckles! So what happens is Frodjo spends all his days counting Nicky Lane’s freckles, and you know what? There’s was so many of them that he keeps losing count! And Fruddjo says to Nicky how’d you get them things? And Nicky says dummy I was born with ‘em. So then along comes a wizard Merlin! And he that wizard gives Frodjo this magic ring made of lead. And that gave him something like freckles t ...more
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was about him with his magical marker that was blue and he was poking polka dots on his cheek and everyone laughed. It's one of my favorites because it's like a whole story. I liked when he put freckles on his face with the blue marker. It made me heartbroken that people laughed at him. It taught me that you can't laugh at people. (age 7)
May 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: yaddled, released
It seems as though my propensity for reading one book I like, and then proceeding to devour everything I can find by that author started early. Judy Blume was no exception, and I read this one because I liked her other stuff. It didn't disappoint.
Mar 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having freckles was the solution to all of young Andrew’s problems: being late to school because his mother made him wash his dirty neck, not paying attention for reading group, and even being laughed at in class. Or so he thought. When enterprising classmate Sharon sells Andrew her secret freckle juice recipe, Andrew is overjoyed and rushes home to try it out with results he was not expecting.

Awarded ALA’s Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, Blume’s text will engage many readers wor
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just read this in about 10 minutes, so it's beyond me how my teacher spent more than one session reading this to us in grade three. I definitely remember the blue freckles taking up more of the story than it did, so that was a bit disappointing as a nostalgic reread. But it was very cute, and I remember LOVING it when we read it in grade three. so five stars.
Nancy Kotkin
I feel sacrilegious saying this about a Judy Blume book, but this story doesn't work for me. Andrew is so clueless that his character isn't believable for a second grader. And Sharon is a mean, self-centered child who never experiences any consequences for her deceptive behavior. I adore Judy Blume, but I guess even a writer as great as her misses the mark at some point.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m giving 5 stars to this book even though we have only read half of it. Why? Because for the first time ever, my 8 year old son asked “If I up early enough tomorrow, will you read the rest with me?”. Wake up early AND read!

My boy who very much dislikes to read and will do anything he can to avoid it at all costs asked for more! God Bless you Judy Blume. I will now pray that he likes the Fudge books and that this is not a trick.
Perhaps 50 years ago I would have liked and enjoyed it better than I did. It was still kind of cute though.

I can relate to desperately wanting something that I did not have, but as a teenager. I bit my nails unmercifully as a child and only managed to finally stop at age 30. All thru high school, I had the worst infected, bleeding and bitten down awful nails on earth. My bestie did not have this terrible habit and always wore blue nail polish. I would look at her longingly wishing I could have t
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
super funny
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book tells the story of a young boy named Andrew Marcus who desperately wants freckles so that he does not get in trouble with his mother, causing him to be late for school. In his quest for freckles he trades fifty cents for a secret recipe for freckle juice from his enemy Sharon. Sharon gives him a recipe that includes grape juice, vinegar, mustard, mayonnaise, juice from a lemon and many other ingredients. Once Andrew has ingested the freckle juice he sits and waits, however all that the ...more
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Another childhood favorite! Loved this one so much!
Beverly Hendricks
Nov 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freckle-juice, week-4
Text- to- Self Connection

Freckle Juice is a hilarious children's book. Protagonist, Andrew Marcus does not want to take time to wash his neck before going to school. While sitting in class he looks at his classmate and notices he has lots of freckles on his neck. With the help of another classmate, Sharon, he decides to use a secret recipe to create freckles so he no longer has to look dirty. I can recall being approximately ten years old and enjoying combing my dolls hair. I remember mixing lo
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun little story. Not much to it just a cute little story about a boy who wants freckles but learns to love himself just the way he is.
Grade/Interest: 3rd grade
Reading Level: 370L
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Main Characters: Andrew, Sharon, Miss Kelly
Setting: Andrew’s home and school
POV: Andrew

This book is about a young boy named Andrew Marcus who desperately wants freckles because he believes that if has freckles he would not get in trouble with his mother or be late for school. At school he trades fifty cents for a secret recipe for freckle juice from his enemy Sharon. Sharon gives him a recipe that includes grape juice, vinegar,
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Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Freckle Juice by Judy Bloom has 40 pages and was first published in 1978.

Freckle Juice is the story of second grader that longs for freckles.  He is convinced that if he had freckles his mother would never know when his neck was dirty and he wouldn't have to wash it every day.  

I remember reading this book when I was little and giggling like crazy.  Freckle Juice is a fun, timeless book that is sure to keep children of all ages laughing.  Recommended for young readers that are just starting to r
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
What an odd little book.

I'm not sure I ever read this as a child, as an adult I couldn't really understand what the point was. I'm a teacher and kids do pretty ridiculous things but I didn't really buy that a kids would fall for this whole "freckle juice" thing. The mom was the worst. I hated how she was portrayed as some angry, nagging hag. And do parents really check to see if kids cleaned behind their ears? I'm much more worried about hands being washed.

The teacher was the best part of this
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Cute story about a boy who wants freckles just like another boy in his class. I like the creativity in this book as the enterprising Sharon sells her recipe to grow freckles and the wise teacher helps Andrew solve his problem in a way that doesn't embarrass him in front of his peers. I was smiling throughout this innocent and amusing story. Perfect for young readers!
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
This was never my favorite Judy Blume book, but I still read it about 50 times when I was a kid, so it was fun to revisit it with my kids. I did forget that he uses a blue marker when the freckle juice doesn’t work. You know, because he couldn’t find brown. 😂
Oct 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
I love Judy Blume, but even as a kid I remember thinking "WTF?" I was a kid and I still found the main character to be rather naive and disappointingly stupid.
Elise Quinn
May 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
One star because it needed more information.
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More for 7 year old's
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Judy Blume’s, childhood fiction, Freckle Juice takes place in the 1970’s, in the second grade. Andrew Marcus believes all his problems will be solved if he has facial spots like his friend Nicky Lane. He inquires from this person how to get them only to found out some people are just born that way. This is a silly book meant to entertain and reminisce what it was like to be young and gullible.
Randie Lin
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this to my 3.5 year old at her request. She actually was able to listen to it all, surprisingly, with some voice impressions & acting. The book is entertaining with speedy buildup, good story line, and fitting ending; very age appropriate to its audience. Spoiler...I wish all teachers could be like the Miss Kelly. ...more
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Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Probably the only Judy Blume story I've read. I picked it up when I was probably 8 or 9 at a used bookstore with my parents. I thought it was hilarious and to this day I still have my copy! Such a cute and silly little chapter book.
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