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 Fountain Pen

Cricket

Snickerdoodle

Preposterous

Cannonball

Nose

Lovely

Partition

Heuristic

Mud  

Words are awesome.

But, add a little syntax, and you can string them together into sentences that, if possible, are even more awesome. I can appreciate a good line, so I always have my eye out for exceptional sentences. And while perusing the books over on the children’s side, I’ve discovered plenty of opening lines that make me want to read on. Can you guess which of our popular children’s chapter books begin with these intriguing first words?  

  1. There is a witch in the woods. There has always been a witch.

  2. Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood.

  3. There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.

  4. The sun sets in the west (just about everyone knows that), but Sunset Towers faced east. Strange!

  5. Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.

  6. You wouldn’t think we’d have to leave Chicago to see a dead body.

  7. I am on my mountain in a tree home that people have passed without ever knowing that I am here.

  8. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.

  9. Long ago, on the wild and windy isle of Berk, a smallish Viking with a longish name stood up to his ankles in snow.

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

  11. Once upon a time, many years ago— when our grandfathers were children— there was a doctor, and his name was Dolittle— John Dolittle, M.D. “M.D.” means that he was a proper doctor and knew a whole lot.

  12. When Mrs. Frederick C. Little’s second son arrived, everybody noticed that he was not much bigger than a mouse.

  13. That fool of a fairy Lucinda did not intend to lay a curse on me.

  14. I am Ivan. I am a gorilla. It’s not as easy as it looks.

  15. Prince charming is afraid of old ladies. Didn’t know that, did you? 

Answers:

  1. THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly Barnhill

  2. THE LIGHTNING THIEF by Rick Riordan

  3. THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman

  4. THE WESTING GAME by Ellen Raskin

  5. HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE by J.K. Rowling

  6. A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO by Richard Peck

  7. MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN by Jean Craighead George

  8. HOLES by Louis Sachar

  9. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON by Cressida Cowell

  10. THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER by C.S. Lewis

  11. THE STORY OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE by Hugh Lofting

  12. STUART LITTLE by E.B. White

  13. ELLA ENCHANTED by Gail Carson Levine

  14. THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate

  15. THE HERO’S GUIDE TO SAVING YOUR KINGDOM by Christopher Healy

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