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Freckle Juice by Judy Blume

Freckle Juice

by Judy Blume

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In this humorous chapter book, Andrew Marcus, a young school boy, admires his classmate Nicky who has freckles that cover his face, neck, and ears. Because Andrew is so determined to get freckles, he asks Nicky where he got his freckles from, and Andrew’s other classmate, Shannon, overhears the conversation. Shannon offers him her “secret” freckle juice recipe, although she tells Andrew that he needs to pay 50 cents. To Andrew, 50 cents is about five weeks of allowance, and although he is hesitant to spend it on the freckle juice recipe, his determination overrides his need to save money. Once he mixes all the ingredients, freckles do not appear on his face, or any other place on his body. Andrew finds a blue marker, and draws freckles all over his face and neck one morning before school. All the kids laugh at him, but his teacher gives him a “magic eraser” to privately go to the boys bathroom and wash off the freckles. When Nicky saw how Andrew’s freckles came off, he asked the teacher for the same magic eraser and she said, “Andrew didn’t look good with freckles. But you look wonderful! I’d hate to see you without them. They’re a part of you. So, I’m going to put away this magic formula. I hope I never have to use it again.”
The central message of this book is to be confident in one’s self-image. Although this is a chapter book geared toward young elementary school children, I believe it would benefit older children as well, especially since an older age range struggles with confidence and self-image. I particularly liked the black and white drawings that assisted certain events throughout the book. For instance, during the exchange of money and the “freckle juice” formula in class, the pictures demonstrated how Andrew and Shannon passed the note by kicking it to each other from each other’s desks. The pictures provide an excellent visual for events in the book. ( )
  mkaray1 | Nov 2, 2014 |
I think this is an awesome chapter book for young teens/older children. The first reason why I like this book is because of the humor that it has to offer. What I mean by this is that it is humor that children reading this would love. For example, Andrew wants as many freckles as Nicky has. They cover Nicky’s face, ears, and the whole back of his neck. The only reason why Andrew wants this is so that his mother would never know if his neck was dirty. So, when Sharon overhears this, she offers Andrew a “secret freckle juice recipe” for 50 cents! This would surely happen in an elementary grade classroom. The next reason why I liked this book was because of how realistic it was. Many times during 4th-6th grade, kids in the class try to pull pranks and fool you. What you have to do is to stand up for yourself and not be fooled. This is exactly what Andrew did. Andrew came to school the next day, after buying the freckle juice recipe from Sharon, with purple draw-on freckles all over his body. He did this in order to prove to her that “it works” and that she didn’t pull a prank on him. The main message I believe this book has is to support individuality and self-confidence. You don’t need to have freckles just because the person sitting in front of you does! Everyone is different- embrace it. ( )
  margan1 | Sep 15, 2014 |
I enjoyed reading Freckle Juice because the plot is funny and characters are believable. The story is about a young student who wants to have freckles like another classmate in his class. He will do anything to get freckles so he pays a girl in his class fifty cents for a “secret freckle juice formula”. The ingredients include “grape juice, vinegar, mustard, mayonnaise, juice from one lemon, pepper and salt, ketchup, olive oil, and a speck of onion.” This makes the plot funny because even though Andrew knows these ingredients do not look like they go together, he is determined to get freckles and will do anything to get them. Andrew and his friends are believable characters because this is something a young student would attempt to do in order to get what they wanted. Sharon is believable because she is the know-it-all girl who is tricking the boys into doing something she knows is wrong. She tricks the boys by sounding believable, “The secret recipe for removing freckles has been in my family for years. That’s how come none of us have any. I’ll sell it to you for fifty cents!” The central message of this story is that you should be happy with your appearance no matter what. Some people may enjoy features of your appearance that you wouldn’t expect. ( )
  bkling1 | Mar 18, 2014 |
Freckle Juice is the story of Andrew Marcus who wants freckles because if he has freckles his mom won’t know if his neck is dirty or not. He decides to take a chance and buy a freckle juice recipe from Sharon.
I am a person with freckle who has loved them and hated them at one time or another in my life. My parents always told me I was beautiful even with the freckle but sometimes I wish I could have a remover just like Nicky. I am who I am and look like I look and that cant be changed so I learned to love everything about myself. Our society today put a judgment on anyone who is not what they consider perfect. What is the perfect face? No one really can say because it is only their opinion. This was a very cute book and it has a good moral to the story. Which is love you face!

I would have the students work up their list of what makes them different and have them share their list. ( )
  carlibmiller | Feb 23, 2014 |
“Freckle Juice” is a book written by Judy Blume. The book is about a second grade student named Andrew who wishes he had freckles like another boy in class named Nicky. Great book that can tackle self-confidence issues in young children. A young book is self-concious about his freckles. I read this book when I was younger and i loved it. It is a classic. ( )
  anita.curry | Dec 8, 2013 |
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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 Sharon overhears, she offers Andrew her secret freckle juice recipe -- for fifty cents. It's a lot of money, but Andrew is desperate. At home he carefully mixes the strange combination of ingredients. Then the unexpected happens...

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Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon's freckle recipe for fifty cents.

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