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Notebook used in the UK adaptation, in the possession of Kevin Duala.

The Handy Dandy Notebook (Super Duper Notebook in the UK Blue's Clues Version, Bloco de notas amigável útil (Useful Friendly Notepad) in the Portugal Blue's Clues version, or simply Notebook in any version) is a small notebook used in almost every episode of Blue's Clues (mainly the ones where Blue's Clues is played) to write down the clues. Sidetable Drawer keeps it in her drawer when the hosts aren't using it, and at the start of each episode, they would go to her to retrieve it.

The name "Handy Dandy Notebook" has been used to describe Steve's notebook (used from 1996 to 2002), Joe's notebook (used from 2002 to 2006), and Josh's notebook/smartphone (used in Blue's Clues & You!). Common traits that many different variants of the notebook share include a red spiral and yellow paper. The notebook has a crayon in the spiral that reflects whoever owns it. Steve's crayon has a green-striped wrap around it (though if the crayon is a different color, the wrap is the same color with darker stripes), and Joe's crayon has a square pattern wrap that changes color based on whatever shirt he wears in an episode. In the reboot, Josh's crayon has a blue-striped wrap, matching the notebook cover.

It also appears as the first clue in "Draw Along with Blue", "Blue's Big Musical", and "Inventions"; and the answer to Blue's Clues in "Joe Gets a Clue". It is also the last clue as a phone in "Playdate with Magenta".

Behind the scenes

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The covers for the Handy Dandy Notebook seen in Season 1 were made out of dense cardboard. Starting in What Does Blue Want to Make?, the covers were made out of birch plywood. The spiral, which was made from aluminum armature wire, remained the same throughout the entire series. One side of Steve or Joe's spiral would always be pinched in slightly to form a "U" shape, so that it could hold the tip of the crayon in place.

Versions

Notebook used in "Blue Prints"

"Blue Prints" Notebook

The notebook seen in the series pilot Blue Prints has highlighter yellow covers with a black outline, yellow pages and a thin black spiral. The front cover is noticeably blank with no graphic of the Thinking Chair, a feature that was added in the final version of Snack Time.

Steve's Notebook

Steve's notebook is square-shaped, has a green front and back cover with black lining, and depicts the Thinking Chair on the front. When Steve went to college, he started using the notebook to take notes during his classes. This notebook is perhaps the most recognizable, and also comes in many different variants.

The same notebook is used by Kevin in the UK version from "Pretend Time" until "Something To Do Blue".

Variants

Birthday Notebook

From Blue's Birthday

This variant has a yellow ribbon wrapped around it, making it resemble a birthday present.

Treasure Hunt Notebook

From Blue's Big Treasure Hunt

This variant has a red treasure chest with sparkly gold lining on the front instead of the Thinking Chair. It also has a secret compartment on the back cover that holds a treasure hunt hint.

Nighttime Notebook

From Blue's Big Pajama Party

When Steve goes outside at night, the notebook changes to reflect the time. It has a black front and back cover with yellow lining, a yellow moon and stars on the front, and a yellow-lined Thinking Chair. This only happens when Steve goes outside and finds the second clue, so when he finds the third clue in the living room, the notebook changes back. But in the Portuguese version, it was used throughout the episode.

Holiday Notebook

From Blue's Big Holiday

This variant has a white front and back cover with a silver snowflake on each corner (each snowflake has a different design), and there is a tall yellow present with a green ribbon on the Thinking Chair. Also, when Steve shakes it, the notebook makes a jingling sound.

Nature Notebook

From Nature

This variant has front and back covers with wooden lining on the bottom and left and right sides, a brown spiral, dark beige paper, a crayon that looks like it was carved from a log of wood, and a front cover that depicts the Thinking Rock instead of the Thinking Chair.

Order Pad

From Café Blue

This variant has a tall rectangle shape with a red crossed fork and spoon on the cover and white papers.

Joe's Notebook

In Joe Gets a Clue, Blue gives Joe his own notebook to play Blue's Clues with. It is shaped like the Thinking Chair, and is thinner and taller than Steve's notebook.

In the UK version of "I'm So Happy!", Kevin is given this notebook by Sidetable Drawer.

Variants

Bedtime Notebook

From Bedtime Business

This variant is the same shape as Joe's normal notebook, but is thicker and has a front and back cover made of the same material as a pillow.

Car Notebook

From Blue's Big Car Trip

This variant is also shaped like the Thinking Chair, but looks like a car instead of the Thinking Chair.

Notebook Friend

From Meet Polka Dots!

This variant is essentially Joe's notebook with a pair of googly eyes, curly yellow yarn hair, and a green strand with frayed edges for a mouth. Sidetable and later Joe pretended to have it talk with them and others.

Love Notebook

From Love Day

This is the only variant of Joe's notebook that does not use the Thinking Chair shape. Instead the notebook is shaped like a heart, and the front and back covers are red with yellow lining.

Gold Notebook

From Meet Blue's Baby Brother

This variant comes in gold, and uses a slightly-different design of the Thinking Chair.

Josh's Notebook

Josh's notebook is rectangular with rounded corners and has light and dark blue stripes on the cover like Josh's shirt. The notebook also has a phone on the back. When pulled out, the sound is a boxing bell similar to Steve's notebook chime.

Variants

Super Duper Notebook

This variant has a red cape on the back.

Nighttime Notebook

When Josh goes outside at night, the notebook changes to reflect the time. It has a dark blue gradient front and back cover with yellow lining, a yellow moon and stars on the front, and the Thinking Chair. This only happens when Josh goes outside and finds the second clue, so when he finds the third clue in the living room, the notebook changes back. However, in Blue's Sleepy Singalong, the notebook remains dark.

Musical Notebook

This variant has musical notes on it. All are eighth notes, three single notes and two double notes.

Pirate Notebook

This variant has sparkly stripes and the Thinking Chair wearing a pirate hat.

Christmas Notebook (or The Very Merry No ho hotebook)

This variant has three snowflakes (two with the same design) and the Thinking Chair wearing a Santa hat. When it is shaken, it makes a jingling sound, like Steve's holiday notebook.

Love Day Notebook

This variant is the same as the regular, but has four pink hearts on it (2 small, 2 big).

Rainy Day Notebook

This variant is the same as the regular, but the Thinking Chair is under the umbrella.

Spring Notebook

This variant is the same as the regular, but has a lot of flowers.

Birthday Notebook

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This variant is the same as the regular, but the Thinking Chair is wearing a party hat.

Trivia

  • Real Handy Dandy notebooks designed to look like both Steve and Joe's were sold as toys for kids by Flying Colours Toys Inc and other manufacturers. Since discontinuation they are no longer available at retail markets and regular fetch a high price on auction sites like eBay, however, handcrafted recreations are sold online on the handydandynotebooks.com website, which has every single notebook used in the show, as well as their own designs.
    • There were also Joe's Shirt notebooks of all colors made by Flying Colors, however they never appeared in the show itself.
    • On March 25 1999, the notebooks manufactured by Colorbök were recalled due to the coil's ends breaking off, posing a choking hazard.
  • Another notebook that looks exactly like Steve's was among the items for sale on the shelves of the present store (it was on the lower left) in "Math!".
  • The back of the disc case for the computer game Blue's Birthday Adventure lists the Handy Dandy Notebook as "Handy-Dandy Notebook".
  • According to "What Experiment Does Blue Want to Try?" (or at least in that episode), the red spiral that holding the paper together is made of metal and therefore magnetic.
  • In Sidetable's dream in "What Was Blue's Dream About?", she had a fancy notebook for Steve to play Blue's Clues with. It was basically a darker version of Steve's notebook with a sparkling cover and spiral.
  • In "What's So Funny?", Sidetable gave Steve a "Handy Dandy Potato" (an ordinary potato) as a joke. It wasn't until during the theme song that Steve realized and fixed the mistake.
  • In a few episodes, there are variants that look exactly like the normal notebook, but it makes a certain sound when opened.
  • The Handy Dandy Notebook was addressed as its UK name, Super Duper Notebook, in the US in the episode "Superfriends".
  • Kevin, the host of UK version, uses the same notebook design of both Steve's and Joe's.
  • The Handy Dandy Notebook was a clue 3 times: once in "Draw Along with Blue", once in "Blue's Big Musical", and once again in "Inventions". It was often nicknamed the "clue-notebook".
  • As the series progressed, the holes on the original notebook gradually grew larger. In the middle of the third season, they reached their largest size.
  • After the early episodes, a ding from a percussion instrument is heard when the notebook is withdrawn. When Steve takes out his notebook, the ding is of a triangle; and when Joe takes out his, it is of a chime. When Josh takes out his notebook, it is a boxing bell.
    • Sometimes, another item may be accidentally withdrawn instead of the notebook, like a magnifying glass or "A Really Great Book". When this happens, the ding of a hi-hat cymbal is heard.
      • When Steve accidentally took out the kaleidoscope instead of the notebook in "What Did Blue See?" and when Steve accidentally pulled out a tissue from "Let's Plant", a fainter ding of a chime was heard. The triangle ding is heard after he got his notebook.
      • When Steve does his pulling out his notebook movement with his right hand before realizing he has his notebook (as a clue) on his left hand in "Draw Along with Blue", the fainter ding of a chime is heard.
      • When Steve took out the sock holding the notebook (both of which he got from Sidetable Drawer) to draw the 1st clue (books) in "Something To Do Blue", the triangle ding was fainter. The more clearer ding was heard after Steve got the notebook from the sock.
  • Bass music is heard when Steve draws the clues while tuba music is heard when Joe draws the clues.
  • "Blue's Big Holiday" and "Making Changes" are the only episodes to have the notebook make a sound when shaken.
  • In all episodes that feature a different notebook variant, Blue pulls out it's variant replaced by a normal notebook in the theme song, except for "Blue's Birthday".
  • From Late Season 5 to Season 6, the clues in Joe's notebooks draw by themselves, come alive, and sing what they are. It was unclear if it would happen again in "Blue's Clues & You!" until now. In a new preview of Blues Clues & You, Josh drew the color green like in classic episodes where the host draws the clue, so we may see Josh draw the clues on his notebook instead of the clues drawing themselves, and singing when they come alive.
    • This format was never featured in any Steve episodes.
    • The talking clues do not return in Blue's Clues & You!, Josh is seen manually drawing them, just like Steve in seasons 1-4, and Joe in most of season 5.
  • The ringtone of Josh's phone is an excerpt of the Blue's Clues & You! Theme Song made to sound more like a cordless phone ringing.
  • Josh's notebook has no visible camera lenses, so it was unknown how Steve and Joe were able to see Josh, Blue and the viewer on a video call on "Meet Josh!", Josh was able to take a picture in "Playdate with Magenta" and take a selfie with the Sun in "Science with Blue".
    • Also, no in-market smartphone had an under-screen selfie camera.

Gallery

Steve, Kevin, Hyunshup, and Duarte's Notebook

Joe and Kevin's New Notebook

Josh's Notebook

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