Collecting Judy Blume Books

Judy Blume books lend themselves to collecting due to the moderate prices and wide variety of cover art. However I was not aware of any resources out there, so I decided to share what I found.

The Groupings of the Books

In the US her books can be grouped generally as follows:
The Fudge Books Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, SuperFudge, Fudge-A-Mania, and Double Fudge

The Childrens Books (The One in the Middle is a Green Kangaroo, The Pain and the Great One, Freckle Juice

The Pain and the Great One Chapter Books

The Middle Grade Books: Iggie’s House, Blubber, Starring Sally J Freedman as Herself, It’s Not the End of the World, Are You There God It’s Me Margaret, Then Again Maybe I Won’t, Deenie, Just as Long As We’re Together, Here’s to You Rachel Robinson. The first three of these are for younger readers and are sometimes published separately

The Teen Books: Tiger Eyes, Forever, Deenie, Are You There God It’s Me Margaret, Then Again Maybe I Won’t.

The Publishing Companies:

Although the books were published by a lot of different companies, eventually most of them merged together into two giant conglomerates. A brief timeline:

Dell was the major publisher of the paperbacks. Laurel Leaf was an imprint of Dell that was exclusively mass market paperbacks, but Dell also put out mass market paperbacks under it’s own imprint. Bantam put out a few of the earlier miscellaneous paperpacks. Bantam and Dell were bought by Random House in 1998.

Dutton (The Fudge Hardcovers) was bought by Penguin Books in 1986. The hardcovers continued to be put out by the Dutton imprint of Penguin. In 2013 Penguin was bought by Bertelsmann AG, which also owned Random House, forming Penguin Random House. Penguin put out a few of the Fudge books in paperback.

Antheneum put out the original hardcover Sally. Antheneum was bought by MacMillan in 1984. MacMillan Published the international paperbacks. MacMillan in turn was bought by Simon and Schuster in 1994. Antheneum was revived as an imprint of Simon and Schuster in the 2000s.

Orchard Books put out some of the later hardcovers. In 2000 they were bought by Scholastic, which has long been putting out paperback editions for the school markets.

 

 

A Few Brief Notes on the Books

For the most part I won’t review or comment on the text itself, since as a middle aged guy I’m not the target audience, so I don’t feel it would be fair for met to comment on the merits or lack of merits of the text.  The first three Fudge groups were the only ones I read as a kid, but they were my favorites. But a few notes:

  • Sheila had some text changes starting with format 8, one instance of “record player” was changed to “CD player”, and the scene where Sheila fights with a typewriter and mimeograph machine to get the camp newspaper printed was altered. It was too good to scrap (it had me ROTFL as kid), but was dated into incomprehensibility for modern kids. The original had the camp secretary kicking Sheila off the typewriter and onto the handwritten stencil when the secretary needed the typewriter. The revised text had the secretary needing the computer, so she pulls out a typewriter for Sheila, and Sheila quits on her own in frustration and the copy machine is broken so she needs to use the mimeograph. Critics tend to like Tales the best, but I think Sheila is the equal. There’s plenty of ROTFL laughing scenes, but the slumber party touches in a non-heavy handed way on how cruel kids can be to each other.

 

  • As is often a case it can of jarring when different books of a series are written decades apart and the author attempts to update them but can’t break series continuity or leave her own dated ideas behind. . In Double Fudge there’s references to computers and Harry Potter, but the family still shops for shoes at an old-fashioned shoe store like in the earlier books, not at Target. Cleary’s newer books have similar issues- where nowadays kids have a dozen holes in their face by the time they’re twelve, it’s treated as a big deal when Ramona’s sister gets her ears pierced for the first time. That said Double Fudge is a big improvement over Fudge-A-Mania even if it doesn’t quite measure up to the first two.
  • Margaret was updated to change “menstruation belt” to “sanitary napkin”.
  • Together has a factual error that was never corrected. Epinephrine has never been in pill form due to the need for immediate action, and the difficulty in actually swallowing a pill if you’re throat is closing up. It’s possible this is artistic license, but with people being more aware of the Epipen autoinjectors due to the recent flap about how much they cost in the US I wonder if this may be revised.
  • It’s Not the End of the World was never revised, but a note from the author in later editions makes a note how long ago it was written, and while you don’t need to go to Nevada for a divorce anymore the themes still apply

North American Formats:

The Original Hardcovers

These are the original hardcovers, these always used unique art, except for Double Fudge which shared a format with the other Fudge Books. From what I can tell the kids books, Kangaroo, Freckle Juice, and Pain, were in durable picture cover format rather than having a dust jacket kids would rip to shreds. Margaret in particular seems to be a bit harder to find, and the very early ones used a different cover (that would appear later, with a slightly different pallet, in the Format 1A paperback.

  • The One in the Middle is a Green Kangaroo (1969)
  • Iggies House (1970)
  • Are You There God It’s Me Margaret (Bradbury Press 70) 0878880224
  • Then Again, Maybe I Won’t (1971)
  • Freckle Juice (1971)
  • It’s Not the End of the World (Bradbury Press 1972) 0878880429
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (1972)
  • Otherwise Known as Sheila The Great (1972)
  • Deenie (1973)
  • The Pain and the Great One (1974)
  • Blubber (Simon and Schuster 1974) 0027110109
  • Forever (Simon and Schuster 1975 0027110303
  • Starring Sally J Freedman As Herself (Atheneum 1977) 0669840896
  • SuperFudge (Dutton 1980) 0525405224
  • Tiger Eyes (Bradbury Press 1981) 0878881859
  • Just As Long As We’re Together (Orchard Books 87) 0531057291
  • Fudge a Mania (1990)
  • Here’s To You Rachel Robinson (Orchard Books 93) 0531068013

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Individual Hardcover Reissues:

Tiger Eyes reused the UK photograph that appeared in mass-market paperback. Margaret’s cover is ugly and looks at least 20 years older than it is.

  • The One in the Middle is a Green Kangaroo (1981)
  • Are You There God It’s Me Margaret (Simon and Schulster Nov 90) 0027109917
  • Tiger Eyes (1998?)
  • Forever (Simon and Schulster  1999?) 0027110303
  • Forever (Antheneum 2007) 0689849732

Judy Blume Book Covers 1990s-2000s hardcover reissues

The Early Paperback Editions

The unique paperback editions. Even after most of the others had fallen into specific formats, Forever continued to be issued in unique editions until finally the Teen Collection.

Known Editions Trade Paperback

  • It’s Not The End of the World (Bantam Skylark Sept 80) 0553150901
  • Freckle Juice
  • The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo
  • The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo (2nd paperback)

Known Editions Mass Market Paperbackh

  • It’s Not The End of the World (Bantam April 73) 0553136283
  • Are You There God It’s Me Margaret (Laurel Leaf Mar 74) 0440904196
  • Deenie ($1.25 Laurel Leaf Oct 74) 0440932599
  • Then Again Maybe I Won’t (Laurel Leaf Jan 76) 0440986591
  • Forever (Pocket Books Aug 76) 0671695340jl
  • Blubber (Laurel Leaf Jan 78) 0440907071
  • Forever (Pocket Books Jan 80) 0671410121
  • Tiger Eyes (Laurel Leaf Aug 82) 0440984696
  • Forever (Simon and Schuster 03?) 9781416947387
  • Forever (3rd Reissue)
  • Forever (4th Reissue)
  • Forever (5th Reissue)

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Format 1 The Dell “Frame” Editions

Format 1A The early Dell Frame editions (1970s)

These were listed with printing dates rather than the original dates of the formats, so I’ve listed the first and last printing dates that I’ve seen, not the original date the format came out in. The art changed from cartoonish illustrations in muted pastel colors to more realistic illustrations in earth tones, then more colorful drawings with sharp edges. Blubber and Tales got new art (with Blubber reusing the mass market paperback art), then  all of the series except for Kangaroo got new art as well as new formats in 1986. The font eventually standardized on a flowing script for “Judy Blume” that was also used for the non-Dell paperbacks.

The order is somewhat conjure based on cover art style and date the hardback was originally published.

  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Oct 77)
  • Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great (Jan 78-May 83 ) 0440467012
  • Blubber (Feb 78 May 83) 0440407079
  • Are You There God It’s Me Margaret ( Feb 78-May 83) 0440404193
  • Then Again Maybe I Won’t (Feb 78-Oct 84) 0440486599
  • Blubber (2nd art)
  • Iggie’s house (Mar 77 $1.25) 0440440629
  • Freckle Juice (July 82
  • The One in the Middle Is A Green Kangaroo (Aug 82) 044046731
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (May 83)
  • Superfudge (May 83f

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Format 1B (1986)

In 1986 all the Dell editions got new typesetting (that would last until the 2000s) and new covers. These maintained the frame on the cover, but moved “Judy Blume” to large letters on in the frame rather than over the illustration. All except Kangaroo got new art; The Fudge series and Sally got line drawings and the others were more oil painting style. Fudge, Sally, and Margaret were available as a “Friends for Life” box set. Together was also available in mass market paperback

  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (July 86) 044048474X
  • SuperFudge (July 86) 0440484332
  • Starring Sally J Freedman As Herself (July 86) 0440482534
  • Are You There God It’s Me Margaret ($3.25 July 86)
  • Then Again Maybe I Won’t (Aug 86) 0440486599
  • Otherwise Known As Sheila The Great (Aug 86) 0440467012
  • It’s Not the End Of the World ($3.25 Sept 86) 0440441587
  • The One In the Middle is a Green Kangaroo ($2.95 Nov 86) 0440467314
  • Freckle Juice (Nov 86) 0440428130
  • Just as Long as We’re Together (Sept 88) 0440400759

1986 Dell Editions Judy Blume Book Covers

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Together also appeared as a mass market paperback

  • Just as Long as We’re Together (Sept 88) 0440700132

Format 1C: The Last “Frame Edition (1991)

These were the last of the Frame editions, well after more modern designs were around. Once again the authors name was on the frame, but the book title fonts were different. Only Fudge and Sally have been spotted in this format.

Trade Paperback:

  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing ($3.99 044048474x)
  • Otherwise Known as Sheila The Great
  • Superfudge
  • Fudge-a-Mania
  • Starring Sally J Freedman as Herself

Mass Market Paperback

  • Fudge-A-Mania ($3.50 Sept 91) 0440706955

Book Club Editions

Many of these were available in cheap mass market paperback for book clubs. They used any of the art and always had a copyright date of the original printing.

A few editions:

  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (May 79 ) 0440784743
  • SuperFudge (Aug 82) 0440800072
  • Fudge-A-Mania

Format 2:  Outline Letters (Early 1990s?)

Format 2A “Early Outline Letters”:

These mass market paperbacks were characterized by an outline around the “Judy Blume” letters and an Aztec like pattern on the bottom of the cover. Tim Conway was the artist.

  • Blubber ($4.99 Laurel Leaf Oct 91 0440907071
  • Deenie (Laurel Leaf Oct 91) 0440932599
  • Tiger Eyes (Dell Oct 91) 0440984696
  • Are You There God It’s Me Margaret (Dell Nov 91) 0440904196
  • Just as Long as We’re Together

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Format 2B “Later Outline Letters”

Here’s to You came out in 1993 and when it came out in paperback the companion book “Just as Long” also came out with new art.

  • Just as Long as We’re Together
  • Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson

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Format 3: “Flag” editions: (Mid 1990s?)

These have a 1986 copyright date from the original typesetting, but are obviously later due to the presence of a web address. These trade paperbacks had the title in a colored flag on the cover. Blubber reused previous art, while the others used new art.

  • Are You There God It’s Me, Margaret 0440404193
  • Then Again Maybe I Won’t  0440486599
  • Blubber  0440407079
  • It’s Not the End of the World  0440441587
  • Starring Sally…  0440482534

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Format : 4 TV Tie-Ins

With the TV series, Fudge were released with new art in 1994

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Format 5 Laurel Leaf Reissues (Mid 1990s?)

These were Mass Market Paperbacks by Laurel Leaf that reused existing cover art. Known Formats and Editions

  • Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret 0440904196
  • Tiger Eyes

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Format 6: The Silver Letter “Picture” Editions (Mid 1990s-Early 2000s?)

These date later than the flag editions based on list prices, as well as the more modern looking art. The dates on all these are the typesetting dates, not the date the covers came out.  There’s three subformats, Dell imprinted  (5A), Laurel Leaf imprinted mass market paperbacks (5B), and Yearling imprinted trade paperbacks (5C). I believe 5B and 5C generally came later because some of them have a Random House web address on the back (Random House and Dell / Laurel Leaf merged in 1998, and the Yearling Not the End has a 2005 copyright date for the art -even though I believe the art is much earlier). Fudge may date a bit later from 2001 as the UK editions of Fudge and Sally have a hard 2001 copyright date and there was no art created for Double Fudge, which came out in 2002

For the most part, these reused art from the international editions. There were three sets of international art, in rough order of date.

  1. Photorealistic illustrations, used in US / North America only on Deenie but there were more with the UK / International editions.
  2. Photos of playful to angsty teens, by Jutta Klee
  3. Photos of precocious kids by XX, used on Fudge and Sally.

Freckle Juice and Kangaroo had different, unique international art and the existing US art was kept for the Silver Letter editions. For some reason Deenie used the earlier XX art rather then the Klee picture, which was pretty good (and would make an appearance later on the hardcover reissue). Sally came out with Fudge later on in the international editions, so the US edition reused the last Dell Frame art.

Format 5A: “Dell Silver Letter Editions” (Fudge and Middle Grade)  These trade paperbacks and had a thumbnail picture on the spine. Dates below are the ones on the books and indicate original typesetting, not when the editions came out

  • Are You There God It’s Me, Margaret (July 86)
  • Blubber (Sept 86)
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Oct 91)
  • Otherwise Known as Sheila The Great (Oct 91)
  • Superfudge (Oct 91)
  • Fudge-A-Mania (Oct 91)
  • Starring Sally J Freedman As Herself (Nov 91)
  • Just as Long as We’re Together (Oct 94)

Judy Blume Book Covers c1991 Dell silver letter photograph cover editions.

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Judy Blume Book Covers c1991 Dell silver letter photograph cover editions.

Format 6B: “Laurel Leaf Silver Letter Editions (Middle Grade and Tiger Eyes) These were identical to 6A except being mass market paperbacks. We start seeing a trend here of Iggie, Blubber, and Sally, which were written for the “younger middle grades” omitted from many of the formats, they wouldn’t return until much later. The Deenie cover is incorrectly attributed to Klee when it is fact the earlier X art.

  • Deenie (Oct 91)
  • Tiger Eyes (Oct 91)
  • Just as Long as We’re Together (Nov 91)
  • It’s Not the End of the Word (Mar 92)
  • Here’s to You Rachel Robinson (Oct 95)

Judy Blume Book Covers late 1990s silve letter photograph cover editions.

Format 6B Yearling Silver Letters

  • Then Again Maybe I Won’t (Aug 86) 0440486599
  • It’s Not the End of the World (Sept 86) 0440441587
  • Just as Long As We’re Together (Oct 94) 0440400759
  • Here’s to You Rachel Robinson (Oct 94) 0440409462

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Format 7: Early 2000s Hardcover Reissues

By Anthenium. These had realistic photos. The first, Margaret, was a bit different (cover photo by a different artist and different fonts) but I’ve counted it into the format because of the similar timeframe and spine design. The rest used the international photo art. These are a bit harder to find other than library discards because most people wouldn’t pay closed to $20 for a kids hardcover, especially when there were nice looking trade paperbacks by this time. Iggie’s has the cover art rotated 45 degrees for some reason, making the cute white girl a lot more prominent than the black boys.

  • Are You There God It’s Me Margaret (Sept 01) 0689841582
  • Blubber (Dec 01)
  • Iggies’ House (April 02) 0689842910
  • It’s Not the End of the World (Dec 01) 0689842937
  • Deenie (Aug 03) 0689866104

2000s Judy Blume Hardcover Reissues Margaret Iggie's Blubber Deenie Not the End

Comparison of Not the End, same art, various editions

Format 8: Fudge Hardcover Reissues (Puffin 2002)

These were put out by both Puffin and Scholastic, and  included the first edition of Double Fudge. The jackets were one color that with a cutout showing a cartoon face from the full art on the endboard. While cute in theory in practice these got ripped really easy just from taking the books on and off the shelf and it’s rare to find a used copy with a decent jacket.

These marked the first revisions to the internals for the Fudge Books. As noted before, Sheila’s text had minor revisions. Also Nothing lost the amusing but dated Roy Doty line illustrations. These were put out by both Dutton and Scholastic, and had different ISBNs

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Format 9: Fudge First Cartoons (2003):

The trade paperbacks versions of Format 8. These had cartoons-like illustrations by Peter Reynolds on, and were published by both Scholastic and Puffin with the same cover art. Their were several Scholastic editions and they all have different ISBNs, but the cover differences are extremely minor limited to the logo and the text placement on the back. The art is more or less what was revealed on the hardcovers by removing the dustjacket.

  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Puffin) 0142401013
  • Tals of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Scholastic) 0439559863
  • Otherwise Known As Sheila The Great (Puffin) 0142400998
  • SuperFudge (Scholastic) 0439559847
  • SuperFudge (Scholastic)  0439577721
  • Fudge-A-Mania (Scholastic Nov 03) 0439559855
  • Double Fudge (Scholastic) 0439585491
  • Double Fudge (Scholastic) 043958549X
  • Double Fudge ($4.99 Scholastic) 0439587573

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Format 10: Fudge Mass Market Paperbacks (Jan 2004).

These were all put out by Berkely Fiction. All Editions:

  • Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing 0425193792
  • Otherwise Known as Sheila The Great 0425193802
  • SuperFudge 0425193815
  • Fudge-A-Mania 0425193829
  • Double Fudge 0425196472

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Comparison of Sheila US and the International editions.

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Format 11: Dell Cutout Editions (2004?)

(Kids and Middle Grade) These Dell and Yearling branded trade paperbacks had a much simpler, modern look that anything that came before: matte solid color covers with the center physically cut out, to reveal a trinket or character that was part of a larger glossy drawing on an inner cover, except the hardcover BFF compilation which appeared a few years later in 2007  which was a standard hardcover dustjacket. Blubber, Blubber, Iggie, Sally, and Margaret  were put out by Yearling as the Best of Blume box set, 9780440420224, with slightly different logos on the spine. These still use the 1986 typesetting and thus have the date, but they were obviously published later due to the web address on the cover. Three different artists designed the covers.

Hardcover:

  • BFF Collection (Just as Long + Here’s to You)

Some Paperback Editions.

  • The One in the Middle is a Green Kangaroo ($4.50 Dell) 0440467314
  • Freckle Juice ($4.50 Dell) 0440428130
  • Blubber (Yearling) 0440407079
  • Blubber (Yearling) 0440407072
  • Blubber ($6.99 Yearling) 9780440407072
  • Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself ($6.99 Yearling 9780440482536
  • Iggie’s House ($5.50 Dell) 0440440629
  • Iggie’s House ($5.99 Yearling) 9780440440629
  • Are You There God It’s Me, Margaret (Dell $5.99)  0440404193
  • Are You There God It’s Me, Margaret (Yearling $6.99) 9780440404194
  • Just as Long as We’re Together ($6.50 Yearling Oct 94) 0440400752
  • Here’s To You Rachel Robinson

Format 12: Laurel Leaf Cutout Editions (2005).

Some of the ones that didn’t appear in Cutout editions, the ones oriented for older readers, appeared in mass market paperback using the same font as the cutout editions but an otherwise more grownup looking cover design, with a 2D square cutout of a part of a photograph. These often show up in searches due to sharing ISBNS, but the actual books are somewhat hard to find. World’s cover art seems to be incorrectly associated with an earlier 1982 edition in online databases.

  • It’s Not the End of the World
  • Deenie  0440932599
  • Then Again  0440986591
  • Tiger Eyes  0440984696

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Format 13: Second Fudge Cartoons (May 2007)

These are very nice looking, going with the rainbow motif of later Cleary and Blume editions. Tales also came out with an “Anniversary Edition” flag on the cover, with the same ISBN and apparently only special by that addition to the cover.

  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing 0142408810j
  • Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great 0142418797
  • SuperFudge 0142408803
  • Fudge-A-Mania 0142408773
  • Double Fudge 01424087810

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The Pain and the Great One Chapter Books (2007-2008)

These had identical art in both hardcover and trade paperback

Hardcover:

  • Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One 9780385733052
  • Going, Going, Gone with the Pain and the Great One 9780385733076

Format 14: Stock Photo Matte Covers (2010)

These were trade paperbacks by Delacorte (yet another Penguin Random House imprint but with different ISBN numbers than previous Dell imprints). These had an overall cheap feeling with matte covers, with stock photos on the covers. These did finally replace the 1980s era typesetting.

  • It’s Not the End of the World 9780385739832
  • Are You There God It’s Me, Margaret  9780385739863
  • Then Again, Maybe I Won’t  9780385739849
  • Deenie  9780385739856
  • Just As Long as We’re Together  9780385739887
  • Here’s To You, Rachel Robinson  9780385739870
  • Tiger Eyes  9780385739894

Deenie also came out in mass-market paperback by Laurel Leaf with the same cover, 0440932598

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Tiger Eyes Movie Tie-In

To tie into the movie, Tiger Eyes was released in 2013 from Delacorte with glossy cover with a photo of Willa Holland and a few pages of full color photos from the movie, however the text layout itself was reused from Format 14.

  • Tiger Eyes 0449816462

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Format 15: Stock Photo Glossy Covers:

Just three years later in 2013 the same seven titles were reissued with different stock photo covers by the same imprint, this time glossy. These are very nice looking books and a good choice for an “only” copy, however they all share ISBN numbers with the previous cheaper editions so knowing what you’re getting when an eBay seller uses a stock photo can be problematic. They also see to be a bit harder to find; I suspect that most of the people that wanted a Blume trade paperback had bought a Format 14. All Editions:

  • It’s Not the End of the World 9780385739832
  • Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret 0385739863
  • Then Again, Maybe I Won’t 9780385739849
  • Deenie 9780385739856
  • Just as Long As We’re Together 9780385739887
  • Here’s To You , Rachel Robinson 9780385739870
  • Tiger Eyes 9780385739894

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Format 16: The Teen Collection (Anthenium 2014):

These also used glossy stock photos, and were available as a box “The Judy Blume Teen Collection“, 1481435345. We see a switch Simon and Scuster imprint for a complete format for the first time. (Although they had been putting out Forever since, well forever. This is the first and only US edition to include Forever in the same formatting as the other books. Besides the name it’s obvious that these are meant for older kids with the moody cover art. Some of the ones that hadn’t been in hardcover for a while came in this format

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All Editions, Trade Paperbacks

  • Are You There God It’s Me Margaret 1481409940
  • Then Again, Maybe I Won’t 1481413664
  • Deenie 1481410373
  • Tiger Eyes 1481413870
  • Forever 1481414432

All Editions, Hardcovers

  • Deenie 141814418
  • Tiger Eyes 1481414395
  • Forever 1481414429

Format 17: The Judy Blume Essentials Editions (2014)

Format 17A:Middle Grade Books.

: These have a very, modern, minimalized look (and Are You There God It’s Me Margaret even looks like a text message section. The “Younger Middle Grade” Books- Iggie, Sally, and Blubber, are back into the format after skipping quite a few. The paperbacks came out in the “Judy Blume Essentials” Box Set, 1481435338. A few more came out in hardcover format

All Editions, Hardcover

  • Iggie’s House 1481414104
  • Starring Sally J Freedman As Herself 1481414372
  • Blubber 14814141402
  • It’s Not The End of The World 1481414356
  • Are You There God It’s Me, Margaret 148141397X

All Editions, Trade Paperback

  • Iggie’s House 1481411042
  • Starring Sally J Freedman As Herself  1481413358
  • Blubber 1481410137
  • It’s Not The End of the World 1481411165
  • Are You There God It’s Me Margaret 148140993
  • Then Again, Maybe I Won’t 1418413657
  • Deenie 1481410366

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Format 17B (Kids)

These came out at the same time as the Essentials but the paperbacks were a different box set, the Judy Blume Chapter Book Collection, 1481485708. The covers are slightly more playful but share the same fonts. The Pain and the Great One appears in the same format as Freckle and Kangaroo for the first time

All Editions, Hardcovers

  • The One in the Middle Is a Green Kangaroo 1481411325

All Editions, Trade Paperback

  • The Pain and the Great One 1481411455
  • The One in the Middle is a Green Kangaroo 1481411318
  • Freckle Juice 1481411028

Judy Blume Chapter Books Covers

Spines and boxes of Formats 16 and 17

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A new box for the “Essentials” has come out with the same editions, but including a bookmarker and rainbow stripes instead of yellow on the cover, under the name Blume’s Most Beloved Novels

The UK / International editions

Original Hardcovers

One-Off Paperbacks

Format A: Piccolo Editions

From the 1970s, like the contemporary US editions these had muted colors and illustrations.

  • Iggies House (1982) 0330266829
  • Starring Sally J Freedman As Herself (1984) 0330282794
  • It’s Not the End of the World (1979)
  • Then Again Maybe I Won’t

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Format B: Piper Editions

The next series was produced by the Piper imprint.

Format B1: These had “Flame” shaped “Judy” lettering and cartoonish illustrations.

  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (1988) 0330262114
  • Blubber
  • Deenie: 0330280037
  • Are You There God It’s Me, Margaret (1988) 0330262440
  • Just as Long as We’re Together (1987) 0330304747
  • Starring Sally J Freedman as Herself (1988) 0330282794

Format B2: Piper “Serif” Editions (1988)

These traded the distinctive author lettering for generic seriffs and had a different style of art. The spines of both editions were identical

Known Editions:

  • It’s Not The End of the World ( 1988) 0330256890
  • The Again Maybe I Won’t (1979) 03302569044
  • Just as Long as We’re Together (1988) 0330304747

 

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Format C: The “Colored Letter” Editions.

These were the main issues in the 1990s and early 2000s. All of them had shiny, embossed foil letters on the covers, and all shared art with the US editions.

Format C1:

These had thin, embossed letters and photorealistic illustrations by Richard Jones. Deenie’s art made it to the US, where it was mixed in with mass market reissues of the format (and incorrectly attributed to Jutta Klee rather than Richard Jones.Spines were a light blue

  • Deenie (1994, Reprinted 1995) 0330280031
  • Just As Long as We’re Together (1994, Reprinted 1996) 0330304747
  • Here’s to You Rachel Robinson

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Format C2:

These swapped out the colored foil letters, and the illustrations for photos by Jutta Klee.

Mass Market Paperbacks (Mid 1990s)

  • Blubber 0330263293
  • It’s Not the End of the World 0330256890
  • Just as Long as We’re Together 0330304747
  • Here’s To You, Rachel Robinson 0330332880

 

Format C3: (2001)

These were trade paperbacks, with photos by X that were a lot different stylistically than Klee’s. Klee’s had moody to playful tween and teens while these had precocious kids. Sally had the same spine  design and silver letters as C2, while the others changed some of the colors around. The US Double Fudge never used this format, but in the UK it looks like they photoshopped one from outtakes from the first session. Note that Fudge is the same age despite it being set several years later than the other groups, and he’s wearing the same shirt as Peter in the first series. The Sally art is a personal favorite of mine.

  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
  • Otherwise Known as Sheila The Great
  • SuperFudge
  • Fudge-A-Mania
  • Double Fudge
  • Starring Sally J Freedman as Herself 0330398156

 

Format D: The “Trinket” Editions (Pan MacMillan 1998-2006)  :

These had a solid color covers with a simple illustration on. Known Editions:

  • Iggie’s House 0330398091
  • Starring Sally J Freedman as Herself 0330398156
  • Then Again, Maybe I Won’t 0330398075
  • Just as Long As We’re Together 0330398040
  • Here’t To You, Rachel Robinson 0330398067
  • Tiger Eyes 0330398121

Forever was similar to this format but a bit different

  • Forever

 

Format E: Clipart” editions (2005-2012):

All books in this series at a £5.99 list price.

Format E1:

These actually included photos rather than clipart on the covers being the more adult books, but used the same lettering as those that did that came later. Books with this format were

  • Forever  (2005) 9780330397803
  • Tiger Eyes (2006) 9780330398121

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Format E2: Middle “Clipart” Editions

These used the same lettering as C1, but replaced the photographs with bright colors and filled with clipart, All had list price £5.99

  • Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret (2010) 9780330398084
  • It’s Not The End of the World (2011) 9781509817207
  • Then Again, Maybe I Won’t (2011) 9781509817238
  • Deenie (2011) 9781509817191
  • Just As Long As We’re Together (2011) 9781509817221
  • Here’s To You, Rachel Robinson (2011) 9781447202899

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Format G3: Later Clipart Editions

A further revision replaced the title in “balloons” with titles in boxes, and the lettering was switched from one color to multiple colors.

  • Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself (2011) 9781447202875
  • Blubber (2012) 9781447202912
  • Iggie’s house (2012) 9781447202929

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Format F The “Smooth” Editions:

These are much more refined and adult looking, and similar to the trinket editions. Forever had red dyed pages at top.

Format F1

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Format F2: Later Smooth Editions

These are very similar to D1 but replaced the white spine with colored spines.

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Once again Tiger Eyes and Forever came out before the rest, but not by much and the differences are more subtle, a white spine instead of colored, and Forever has red page markings ISBNS are Tiger Eyes, Forever,

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