5 Best opening lines from YA and Children's Literature
September 8, 2017
It was just the other day that I started reading a new book and thought to myself, 'now that is a great opening line for a book!' It also got me thinking about other opening lines I love and then I realised that they were all from children's and Young Adult literature, hence the name for this post. So here are my five favourite opening lines...
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." Dr Seuss has always made me laugh, since I first started to be able to read when I was younger.
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
"All children, except one, grow up.” This perfectly evokes the whimsical and almost melancholy feeling that the Peter Pan story is.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
"Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmond, and Lucy.”
A simple opening, but a memorable one at that, this is simply a classic.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher'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.” Need I say anything about probably the most recognisable opening? Everyone loves to know how the Harry Potter series started...
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
“Joost had two problems: the moon and his moustache.” A very ambiguous opening which suits the ambiguous nature of the assemble of characters within Six of Crows,
These are five of my favourite books of all time, and I think the opening lines are funny, whimsical and set the perfect tone for the wonderful stories they belong too. These opening lines bring back fond memories of reading some of my favourite books for the first time. Do you have any favourite opening lines?