Can You Guess the Children's Book From Its First Line?


By: J.P. Naomi

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The first sentence of a story can reel you right in! How well do you remember the first lines from these famous children's books? Take this quiz now to journey back and test your skills!

"Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter."

Written by Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Peter Rabbit was a 56-page book published in 1902.


"You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain’t no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly."

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was written by Mark Twain. It was 366 pages long and published in 1884.


"It was an afternoon in late September. In the pleasant city of Stillwater, Mr. Popper, the house painter, was going home from work."

Mr. Popper's Penguins was written by Richard and Florence Atwater. Its illustrations were by Robert Lawson. It was published in 1938.


"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."

Written by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit was published in 1937 in the United Kingdom. It was awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction.


"This is George. He lived in Africa."

Curious George was written by H.A. Rey and published in 1941 by Houghton Mifflin.


"Here is Edward Bear, coming down the stairs now, bump bump bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin"

Written by A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh was published in 1926. It was first released in the United Kingdom.


"Chug, chug, chug. Puff, puff, puff. Ding-dong, ding-dong."

The Little Engine that Could was written by Watty Piper. Watty Piper was a pen name for Arnold Munk.


"If your teacher has to die, August isn't a bad time of year for it."

Written by Richard Peck, The Teacher's Funeral was published in 2004.


"Things are a lot different around here since that Unicorn moved in."

Published on June 25, 2013, Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great was written and illustrated by Bob Shea.


"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines."

Madeline was illustrated and written by Ludwig Bemelmans in 1939. It was the first in the series which inspired the Madeline media franchise.


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

This was the first novel of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. It was published in 1997.


"Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmond, and Lucy."

Written by C. S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe was a fantasy novel published on October 16, 1950.


"In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf."

The Very Hungry Caterpillar was designed, illustrated and written by Eric Carle. It was published on June 3, 1969.


"The first place that I can well remember was a large pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water in it."

Black Beauty was written by Anna Sewell in 1877. Sewall died one year later at the age of 58.


"There is no lake at Camp Green Lake."

Written by Louis Sachar, Holes was ranked #6 among all-time children's novels in a School Library Journal survey.


"My dad and I live in an airport."

Fly Away Home was written by Eve Bunting. It was published on March 22, 1993.


"The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we stayed in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day."

Written by Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat was published on March 12, 1957. Dr. Seuss' real name was Theodor Geisel.


"If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book."

Written by Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events is a series of 13 children's novels. Lemony Snicket was a pen name for American author, Daniel Handler.


"Not every 13-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial and found guilty."

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle was written by Avi - also known as Edward Irving Wortis. It was 226 pages and published in 1990.


"On the morning I was scheduled to die, a large barefoot man with a bushy red beard waddled past my house."

Seven Wonders Book 1: The Colossus Rises was written by Peter Lerangis.


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

Written by C.S. Lewis and Chris Van Allsburg


"Where's Papa going with that ax?"

Charlotte's Web was written by E.B. White. It was published in 1952 by Harper & Brothers.


"The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world."

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever was written by Barbara Robinson and illustrated by Judith Gwyn Brown. It was published in 1971 and had 150 pages.


"Sophie had waited all her life to be kidnapped."

Published in 2013, The School for Good and Evil was written by Soman Chainani. It is the first book in this New York Times bestselling children's fantasy book trilogy.


"Marley was dead, to begin with."

Written by Charles Dickens and published in 1843, A Christmas Carols tells the story of the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge.


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

Written in 2005 by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief was the first novel in the Percy Jackson & Olympians series.


"Once there was a little girl called Sophie. She was having tea with her mummy in the kitchen. Suddenly there was a ring at the door. Sophie’s mummy said 'I wonder who that could be?'"

Written by Judith Kerr, The Tiger Who Came to Tea was published in 1968 in the United Kingdom.


"These two very old people are the father and mother of Mr. Bucket."

Written by Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was published in 1964. It was also made into a film both in 1971 and 2005.


"When you wish that a Saturday was actually a Monday, you know there is something seriously wrong."

The Boy in the Tower was written by Polly Ho-Yen. It was published on January 29, 2015.


"From the pleasantly situated old town of Mayenfield a footpath leads up through shady green meadows to the foot of the mountains, which, as they gaze down on the valley, present a solemn and majestic aspect."

Written by Johanna Spyri, Heidi was first published in 1881 in Switzerland. It was written in German.


'I asked, weren’t we taking the pistol, or anyhow the long, murderous-looking pike which has hung across our broad kitchen chimney ever since I can remember?'

Written by Geoffrey Trease, Cue for Treason was published in 1940. It is considered a children's historical novel set in Elizabethan England at the end of the 16th Century.


"Mr. and Mrs. Mallard were looking for a place to live."

Illustrated and written by Robert McCloskey, Make Way for Ducklings was published in 1941. It is the official children's book of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


"I didn't know how long I had been in the king's prison."

The Thief was a fantasy novel written by Megan Whalen Turner. It was published in 1996 and was the first book in what is now a 5-book series.


"How five crows managed to lift a twenty-pound baby boy into the air was beyond Prue, but that was certainly the least of her worries."

Illustrated by Carson Ellis and written by Colin Meloy, Wildwood was first published in 2011. It is 541 pages long.


"Ba-room, ba-room, ba-room, baripity, baripity, baripity, baripity—Good."

Bridge to Terabithia was written by Katherine Paterson and illustrated by Donna Diamond. It was published on October 21, 1977.


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