Some of my Favourite Opening Lines From Children’s Literature

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carrol
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carrol

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?”

 

Wardens of The Weir – Nicholas Stuart Gray
Wardens of The Weir – Nicholas Stuart Gray

My father came into the room briskly and asked if I had murdered the Tonkins children. I said no, but I’d often thought of it. The perfect chance had not yet presented itself.

 

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – C.S. Lewis
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – C.S. Lewis

“There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”

 

The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster
The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

There was a boy named Milo who didn’t know what to do with himself – not just sometimes, but always.

 

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
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.

 

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

It was a dark and stormy night.

 

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Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the pop-holes.

 

The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett

 When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen.

 

The Dragon’s Quest by Rosemary Manning
The Dragon’s Quest by Rosemary Manning

This chapter is a very short one. It should really have been called ‘Preface’ or ‘Introduction’, but I knew that you would never read it if I called it by such a boring name, so I have called it Chapter One.

 

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

 

What are your favourite opening lines from children’s books?


 

2 thoughts on “Some of my Favourite Opening Lines From Children’s Literature”

  1. I’d like to know what the book under A Wrinkle in Time is, I don’t recognise it but it might be Animal Farm.

    Not sure about my favourite opening line.

  2. Oh thanks I forgot the caption on that one. It is Animal Farm, that’s a Steadman illustration that I love.

    Actually got some complaints about using Animal Farm as a children’s book but it’s one of my childhood books, I first read it was I was ten, as a fairy tale. So there it is.

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