Best Opening Sentences From Children’s Books

In a post last month I mentioned doing more “opening sentences” posts and here we are. Round three of the “opening sentences” posts. For the third post I’m going to be listing a bunch of opening sentences from children’s books.

Below is a list of some of my favourite opening sentences from my favourite children’s books!

Harry Potter and the Philosophers’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.”

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.”

The very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
“One sunny Sunday, the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry.”

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
“These two very old people are the father and mother of Mr. Bucket.

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
“All children, except one, grow up.”

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
“It was seven o’clock of a very warm evening in the Seeonee hills when Father Wolf woke up from his day’s rest, scratched himself, yawned, and spread out his paws one after the other to get rid of the sleepy feeling in their tips.”

Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne
“Here is Edward Bear, coming down the stairs now, bump bump bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.”

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
“You don’t know about me without you have read a book called ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,’ but that ain’t no matter.”

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Jon Scieszka
“Everybody knows the story of the Three Little Pigs. Or at least they think they do. But I’ll let you in on a little secret. Nobody knows the real story, because nobody has ever heard my side of the story. I’m the Wolf.”

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. I sat there with Sally. We sat here we two and we said ‘How we wish we had something to do.'”

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
“Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmond, and Lucy.”

Nancy Drew: The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
“Nancy Drew, an attractive girl of eighteen, was driving home along a country road in her new, dark-blue convertible.”

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum
“Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer’s wife.”

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
“The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home.”

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.”

Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
“Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were-Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter.”

Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob Grimm
“Once upon a time there was a dear little girl who was loved by everyone who looked at her, but most of all by her grandmother, and there was nothing that she would not have given to the child. Once she gave her a little cap of red velvet, which suited her so well that she would never wear anything else. So she was always called Little Red Riding Hood.”

The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants Series by Ann Brashares
“Once upon a time there was a pair of pants.”

Three Billy Goats Gruff by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe
“Once upon a time there were three billy goats, who were to go up to the hillside to make themselves fat, and the name of all three was ‘Gruff.'”

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
“Way out at the end of a tiny little town was an old overgrown garden, and in the garden was an old house, and in the house lived Pippi Longstocking.”

Which opening sentence was your favourite?


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