Freckle Juice

Freckle Juice

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by Judy Blume, Sonia O. Lisker

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More than anything in the world, Andrew wants freckles. His classmate Nicky has freckles -- they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. (Once sitting behind him in class, Andrew counted eighty-six of them, and that was just a start!

One day after school, Andrew screws up enough courage to ask Nicky where he got his freckles. And, as luck would

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More than anything in the world, Andrew wants freckles. His classmate Nicky has freckles -- they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. (Once sitting behind him in class, Andrew counted eighty-six of them, and that was just a start!

One day after school, Andrew screws up enough courage to ask Nicky where he got his freckles. And, as luck would have it, who should overhear him but giggling, teasing Sharon (who makes frog faces at everybody!)

Sharon offers Andrew her secret freckle juice recipe -- for fifty cents.

That's a lot of money to Andrew -- five whole weeks allowance! He spends a sleepless night, torn between his desire for freckles and his reluctance to part with such a substantial sum of money. Finally, the freckles win, and Andrew decides to accept Sharon's offer.

After school, Andrew rushes home (with the recipe tucked into his shoe for safekeeping). He carefully begins to mix the strange combination of ingredients -- and immediately runs into some unforeseen problems.

How Andrew finally manages to achieve a temporary set of freckles -- and then isn't sure he really wants them -- makes a warm and hilarious story.

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"Spontaneous humor, sure to appeal to the youngest reader." — The Horn Book Magazine
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Blume’s classic tale appears in yet another edition, this time with an eye-popping cover (orange and apricot stripes with Blume’s name in huge hot-pink letters) and new digital illustrations. It is the story thousands (or perhaps millions) of second and third graders have read since its first appearance in 1971. Andrew Marcus is obsessed with freckles; he is observed them on the boy who sits in front of him in class and longs for them so his mother will not make him wash before school. Deceived by a sly classmate named Sharon, Andrew pays fifty cents for her recipe for “freckle juice.” The yuck factor loved by young readers is amply present in the disgusting mixture of ingredients: grape juice, vinegar, mustard, mayonnaise, olive juice, lemon, and onion. Andrew’s painstaking efforts to mix them are truly funny; kids can gleefully anticipate the results—Andrew gets sick, but no freckles. His way of paying back Sharon leads to a perfect solution from his understanding teacher, Miss Kelly. While most of the tale holds up well, some details tend to date it (for example, Andrew’s allowance is ten cents per week). Still, the short story remains amusing and, more to the point, enjoyed by many young readers, either as a satisfying quick read or for teachers to share with primary classes. Ohi’s black-and-white illustrations are simple and energetic, showing a more multicultural class and teacher than in most former editions. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft; Ages 6 to 9.

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5.19(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.14(d)
370L (what's this?)
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7 - 9 Years

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Andrew Marcus wanted freckles. Nicky lane had freckles. He had about a million of them. They covered his face, his ears and the back of his neck. Andrew didn’t have any freckles. He had two warts on his finger. But they didn’t do him any good at all. If he had freckles like Nicky, his mother would never know if his neck was dirty. So he wouldn’t have to wash. And then he’d never be late for school.
Andrew had plenty of time to look at Nicky’s freckles. He sat right behind him in class. Once he even tried to count them. But when he got to eighty-six Miss Kelly called, “Andrew… are you paying attention?”
“Yes, Miss Kelly,” Andrew said.
“Good, Andrew. I’m glad to hear that. Now will you please pick up your chair and your reading goup? We’re all waiting for you.”
Andrew stood up in a hurry. His reading group giggled. Especially Sharon. He couldn’t stand that Sharon. She thought she knew everything! He picked up his chair and carried it to the corner where his reading group sat.
“You may begin, Andrew,” Miss Kelly said. “Page sixty-four.”
Andrew turned the pages in his book. Sixty-four…sixty-four. He couldn’t find it. The pages stuck together. Why did Miss Kelly have to pick him?
Everybody else already had their books opened to the right page.
Sharon kept giggling. She covered her mouth to keep in the noise, but Andrew knew what was going on. He finally found page sixty-four. Right where it was supposed to be…between pages sixty-three and sixty-five. If he had his own freckles he wouldn’t have to count Nicky Lane’s. Then he’d here Miss Kelly when she called reading groups. And nobody would laugh at him.
Later, when the bell rang, Andrew poked Nicky Lane.
“What do you want?” Nicky asked, turning around. “I was wondering about your freckles,” Andrew said.
“Oh yeah? What about them?”
Andrew felt pretty stupid. “Well, how did you get them?”
“What do you mean how? You get born with them. That’s how!”
Andrew thought that’s what Nicky would say.
Some help he was!
“Line up, boys and girls,” Miss Kelly said. “Time to go home now. Sharon, you may lead the girls. Andrew, you may lead the boys.”
Some luck! Just when he got to be leader he had to stand next to Sharon!
When they were in line Sharon whispered to Andrew. “Psst… I know how to get them.”
“How to get what?” Andrew asked.
“Freckles,” Sharon said.
“Who asked you?”
“I heard you ask Nicky about his.” Sharon ran her tongue along her teeth. She was always doing that.
“Do you want to know how to get them?” Sharon asked.
“Maybe,” Andrew told her.
“It’ll cost you fifty cents. I have a secret recipe for freckle juice,” Sharon whispered.
“A secret recipe?”
Sharon’s tongue reminded Andrew of a frog catching flies. He wondered if Sharon ever got a mouthful of bugs the way she opened her mouth and wiggled her tongue around. Andrew inspected Sharon’s face.
“You don’t even have freckles!” he said.
“Look close,” Sharon said. “I’ve got six on my nose.”
“Big deal! A lot of good six will do.”
“You can get as many as you want. Six was enough for me. It all depend on how much freckle juice you drink.”
Andrew didn’t believe Sharon for a minute. Not one minute! There was no such thing as freckle juice. Andrew had never heard of it before!

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Freckle Juice 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
its a very nice book about a boy freddie he wants freckles and everyone tells him some kind of way to get them you will love this book for a big laugh.please try.....there is even more judy blumes fudges are best.
austen_enthusiast More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this when I was younger, so I wanted to have my son read it as well. Perfect book to teach a lesson with humor and to have it read within one to two sittings. Also introduces them to the "wonderful world" of Judy Blume. Although it is considerably "dated" and there may be some events, etc (hence 3 stars rather than 4 stars). that would be handled differently today, it can still serve as an enjoyable discussion starter for you and your young reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a little old to read this book but I read it when I was younger. It was a great book! I Love it! At school my class is aloud to write a report on our favorite book, this one is mine!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Are your kids bored? How about a fun book that is easy to read, not too long, and funny?

Do you want freckles as much as Andrew does? What happens when he buys a freckle recipe from a girl in his class? Will Andrew have as many freckles as Nicky? They cover his face, ears, and back of his neck. After mixing the ingredients at home and drinking the juice, Andrew gets a big surprise!

Freckle Juice is also a good choice to read aloud to kids, as with a number of other Judy Blume books.

As a children's book author, I highly recommend 'Freckle Juice' to kids and grown-ups. It's a wonderful book that will be read over and over for many years!

Richard W. Carlson Jr., Children's Book Author

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book before. IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!! But, dont get the sample beacause it doesnt give any of the story.
5thgradestudents More than 1 year ago
I like this book because it was interesting. The character, Andrew, wanted freckles but the freckles were fake. It was interesting because he drank nasty freckle juice. He drank something no one would ever drink. The freckle juice got him sick. The teacher gave Andrew a recipe to take off the freckles. This was a funny, interesting book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book that hits close to home for me because I remember how gullible we boys were in school as opposed to the girls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago I 1st read this book when I was nine years old Good Book For all Ages! I gave this book 4 Stars because I diddn't really get it. I don't care if your 60 or 7 this book is good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember my fourth grade teacher, Mrs.Gordon, reading Judy Blume's books to our class on rainy days in the winter. That was some 23 years ago! Now that my 10 year old is reading Judy's books, it has brought back all my memories of reading them as well. I forgot how funny they were and had to keep my mouth shut every time my daughter gave me a briefing on each chapter she read! I wanted so bad to blurt out the next thing that would happen. Freckle Juice is a cute little story and I loved being able to talk about this book with my daughter and neice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Freckel Juice is about a boy and he has a friend that has a hole face of freckles. So one day a girl said that if he gave her a quarter then she would give him the recipe for freckle juice. So she gave him the recipe, and wait till you find out what she wrote. Well I will just tell you that it didn't work out as he planned it would. He didn't want to go to school without freckels so he colored dots on his face with a brown marker.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story about a grade school boy who desperately wants to look like someone else, and in the end learns to love himself just the way he is. Wonderful way for children to learn respect and self-esteem. Should be required reading for grades K-3.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a good book. Just not for me. I am sure little kids would love it.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Kiss your hand three times bpost this on three other books then look under your piklow
Anonymous 4 months ago
I read this book many many times as a child, and still enjoy it. The illustrations from the book I had back then were much better, but the story is still great. Recommended for kids 6-9 years old!
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