A piece in the Guardian, (which you can find here) made me think of good opening lines from children’s books. Here are a few from favourites off the family shelves:
In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.
–Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
–The Hobbit, Peter Jackson (ooops, sorry, J.R.R Tolkien.)
My father got the dog drunk on cherry brandy at the party last night. If the RSPCA hear about it he could get done.
–Adrian Mole, Sue Townsend
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.
–Matilda, Roald Dahl
Marley was dead: to begin with.
–A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
All children, except one, grow up.
–Peter Pan, J.M Barrie
Which made me consider some of my own:
On the outskirts of a seaside town, right next to the beach, there is a mighty castle facing the sea.
The Twins, the Ghost and the Castle.
I stumbled downstairs on Monday morning, still wiping the weekend from my eyes.
There were thirty of them, crammed into the children’s play area. Exactly the number Principal said was allowed.
The Slushy Drinkers
The copper coin spun in the air, seeming almost to hang there for a moment, before bouncing on the footpath.
The Penny Walk
No classics there (yet) I fear.
What makes a good opening line? Which lines make your list?