I’m a sucker for firsts: first lines, first paragraphs, first pages.
I love them.
What do you think? The words that introduce you to a new character or bring you into a new world? As a reader (and a writer) how important are “firsts” to you?
They are essential for me, as both reader and writer. Also, I adore collecting them. They take up less space than Hummels and need no dusting.
There are so many. Far too many to post on a blog but I am going to share some favorites. Because. You are worth it. And this was such great fun to put together.
This is my children’s book post, as the title clearly states, but please, don’t turn your nose up at these. There will be no nose turning allowed. Children’s books aren’t just for children anymore. Well, with The Hobbit and Chronicles of Narnia, were they ever really just for kids?
fuss delay ado…
“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
“I don’t trust Clive Fagenbush.
How can you trust a person who has eyebrows as thick and black as hairbrushes and smells of boiled cabbage and pickled onions? Besides, I’m beginning to suspect he’s up to something. What’s worse, I think he suspects I’m up to something. Which I usually am.”
“The woman smiled so politely that he felt offended.”
“The first thing many people do after getting out of bed is put on a pair of slippers. The first thing Pearl Petal did on that Friday morning was slip her feet into a pair of leprechaun shoes.”
“In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.”
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
“There are a lot of things that can hatch out of an egg. A chicken, for example. Or a dragon. And when the egg in question is the size of a pumpkin, and almost as orange, not to mention burning hot, you know that you’re far more likely to get a dragon than a chicken.”
“There was once a boy named Milo who didn’t know what to do with himself—not just sometimes, but always.”
“There was only orange juice in the fridge. Nothing else that you could put on cereal, unless you think that ketchup or mayonnaise or pickle juice would be nice on your Toastios, which I do not, and neither did my little sister, although she has eaten some pretty weird things in her day, like mushrooms in chocolate.”
“If you believe that death is about to spring upon you at any moment, you won’t spend much time watching television.”
“Linderwall was a large kingdom, just east of the Mountains of Morning, where philosophers were highly respected and the number five was fashionable.”
“The end of the world started when a pegasus landed on the hood of my car.”
“It was my aunt who decided to give me to the dragon.”
First Lines: MG & YA (*ahem* No nose turning.)
Do you have any favorite first lines from children’s books? Place some in the comments. I’d love to read them.