Author: Judy Blume
Illustrator: Sonia O. Lisker
My rating: 4 of 5
Andrew desperately wants freckles–if he had them, his mom couldn’t tell if he hasn’t washed behind his ears! When Sharon, his obnoxious but enterprising classmate, finds out about his desire for freckles, she has the perfect solution . . . or so she claims. She can sell him a “proven” recipe to give him freckles, if he’s willing to pay the price.
Freckle Juice is a classic kid story that I remember reading when I was pretty young myself. The characters are believable, and the plot moves well–and is enough off the beaten path to be appealing. The reading difficulty and content are appropriate for an early elementary reader, although I think the appeal of Freckle Juice is broader than that, if only for the sake of nostalgia. I also appreciate that the story has a point yet avoids being didactic; rather, it allows the reader to come to his own conclusions. Overall, this is a good story, especially for early readers.