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Back to Books - Book DetailsIllustrating Judy Blume

Launching May 27/June 3rd 2014: A Judy Blume classic with a fresh new look (and my illustrations YAAAY):


Written by Judy Blume
Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Atheneum/Simon & Schuster Children's
Hardcover: ISBN-10: 1481411039 | ISBN-13: 978-1481411035
Paperback: ISBN-10: 1481411020 | ISBN-13: 978-1481411028
Age Range: 6 - 10 years | Grade Level: 1 - 5
Hardcover: 64 pages

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Buy softcover: Indiebound -  Indigo - - B&N 

Kindle Edition now available!

Plot summary, from the Simon & Schuster site:

What’s a guy gotta do to get some freckles? This perennial bestselling favorite from Judy Blume has a fresh new look!

More than anything in the world, Andrew Marcus wants freckles. His classmate Nicky has freckles—they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. But when Andrew asks Nicky where he got them, Nicky just says he was born with them. Some help he is!

That’s when Sharon offers Andrew her secret freckle juice recipe—for fifty cents, she promises, Andrew can look just like Nicky. His freckleless days are over! He rushes home to whip up the concoction. Grape juice, vinegar, mustard…

But what starts out as a simple freckle juice recipe quickly turns into something disastrous. Andrew is still determined to get his freckles, and to show that pesky Sharon that she doesn’t know everything—and he has the perfect solution! Or does he? 


Click on any of the following images to see a bigger version. Illustrator: Debbie Ridpath Ohi. Art director: Lauren Rille.

Early sketch
Final sketch
Final page layout


Judy Blume had the title for FRECKLE JUICE before she wrote the book. (Scholastic interview)

Judy Blume got the idea for FRECKLE JUICE from her daughter, Randy. "When she was small, she'd get into the bathtub at night and make a mess. She called this concoction Freckle Juice. It consisted of baby powder, shampoo, and anything else she could mix together. So I had to write a book with that title. That time I had a title first!" (Scholastic interview)

Related resources:

Judy Blume on Freckle Juice

Wikipedia entry on Freckle Juice

Resources for teachers, specific to FRECKLE JUICE:

Math-related activities for Pre-K-2 (via Illuminations Resources For Teaching Math)

Discussion topics for before, during/after reading, plus craft ideas & special activities (via Reading To Kids)

Fun with Summarizing: Reading To Learn Lesson Design (via Kara Oglesby)

Free Freckle Juice 20-page unit aligned to the common core (via Teachers Pay Teachers)

Worksheets related to Freckle Juice (via Super Teacher Worksheets)