Most of us start a story with “Once upon a time…” But that is not the only way to begin a story! The very first sentence of a story has a huge impact on its readers or listeners. It can resonate with the readers and linger for long after the story has been read.
Did you know that the classic Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery opened with a 148-word sentence? Also, J. M. Barrie introduced generations of youngsters to Peter Pan with just six words!
We have put together some of the most awesome, fun and creative opening lines from children’s books. Read on!
Awesome opening lines from children’s books
S n o r t. Hutoxi the horse was upset.
Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another his mother called him ‘WILD THING!’ and Max said ‘I’LL EAT YOU UP!’ so he was sent to bed without eating anything.
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.
Imogene’s Antlers by David Small
On Thursday, when Imogene woke up, she found she had grown antlers.
Basava and the dots of Fire by Radhika Chadha
If you ever go to Masinahalli, deep in the forests of India, you must stop to visit Basava.
Dancing on the Walls by Shamim Padamsee
“I wish…” murmured Shirvi
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
‘Where’s Papa going with that axe?’ said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.
Holes by Louis Sachar
There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book.
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, “and what is the use of a book,” thought Alice ‘without pictures or conversation?’
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
The first place that I can well remember was a large pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water in it.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
‘Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,’ grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Marley was dead, to begin with.
Bookasura by Arundhati Venkatesh
“Amma! Look! I read a chapter book. It has more than a hundred pages!” Bala burst out as he entered the room.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
All children, except one, grow up.
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
“Ba-room, ba-room, ba-room, baripity, baripity, baripity, baripity, – Good”
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.
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