Freckle Juice

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Freckle Juice

Freckle Juice - Hardcover - USA - 1st Edition.jpg

Hardcover - USA - First edition.

Author Judy Blume
Published 1971-??-??
Type Fiction
Genre Comedy
Themes Childhood, School
Age Group Children

Freckle Juice is a children's book written by Judy Blume, illustrated by Sonia Lisker, and published in 1971.

In the story, second grader Andrew Marcus wants to have freckles so his mother won't be able to tell if his face is dirty and he will be able to avoid having to wash so frequently. His know-it-all classmate Sharon offers to sell him a recipe for "freckle juice" so he can grow as many as he wants. As expected, this doesn't work out the way he hopes.


Read?Yes. Paperback and audiobook read by Laura Hamilton.
FinishedLate 1980s / 2024-03-20.

I remember this book from elementary school, probably around second or third grade. It was either read to us by the teacher or we read through it as a class, I don't remember which. As an adult who gained a renewed love of Blume's work, and wanting to better familiarize with children's books to make suggestions to my daughters, I reread it.




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  • The book is funny and silly. A boy wanting to have freckles to avoid washing is just on the cusp of believability.
  • I love how Sharon not only outsmarts Andrew, but also Nicky.
  • The overreacting mother fits with how children perceive their parents.
  • I like the understanding teacher who plays along with Andrew's freckles rather than embarrassing him in front of the class.
  • The book indirectly teaches children to be wary of purveyors of snake oil.


  • I don't much care for the illustrations. They're more like sketches.


  • Nothing.


Strong female character?PassSharon outsmarts all of the boys in her class, and the teacher Miss Kelly is a compassionate educator.
Bechdel test?FailNone of the female characters talk to each other.
Strong person of color character?FailRace is never mentioned, although at least one kid in the original illustrations is black.
Queer character?FailThere are no queer characters.


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