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The Handy Dandy Notebook (Super Duper Notebook in the UK Version or Useful Friendly Notepad in the Portugal version) is a small notebook used in every episode of Blue's Clues to write down the clues. Sidetable Drawer keeps it in her drawer when Steve and Joe 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 since 1996), and Joe's notebook (used from 2002 to 2007). 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, and Joe's crayon has a square pattern wrap that changes color based on whatever shirt he wears in an episode.

It also appears as a clue in Inventions, Blue's Big Musical Movie and Draw Along with Blue.


Steve's Notebook

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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 different variants.


Birthday Notebook
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From Blue's Birthday

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

Treasure Hunt Notebook
Treasure Hunt Notebook

From Blue's Big Treasure Hunt

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

Nighttime Notebook

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.

Holiday Notebook
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From Blue's Big Holiday

This variant has a white front and back cover with gold snowflakes on both sides, and there is a yellow present with a green ribbon on the Thinking Chair. Also, when Steve shakes it, the notebook makes a jingling sound.

Nature Notebook

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.

Joe's Notebook

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


Bedtime Notebook

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.

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Car Notebook

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

Love Notebook

This is the only variant of Joe's notebook that doesn't 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

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


  • Real notebooks designed to look like both Steve and Joe's Handy Dandy Notebook were sold as toys for kids. They are not sold at retail markets anymore, but now, they are sold online on a site called, which has every single notebook used in the show, as well as their own designs.
  • According to What Experiment Does Blue Want to Try?, the red spiral part, holding the paper together, is made of metal.
  • Kevin, the host of Blue's Clues in the UK, uses a notebook that looks exactly like Steve's and Joe's.
  • The Handy Dandy Notebook was a clue three times: once in Draw Along with Blue, once in Blue's Big Musical Movie, and once again in Inventions.
  • 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.


Crayon Wrapper Patterns

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