Quiz 5 – Opening Lines to Classic Children’s Books

Can you guess the children’s books to these classic opening lines?

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

  • Black Beauty
  • The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland
  • Watership Down


2 “Where’s Papa going with that axe?’ said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.”

  • The Railway Children
  • Heidi
  • Charlotte’s Web


3 “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”

  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • King Solomon’s Mines
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


4 “The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play, so we sat in the house all that cold, cold wet day.”

  • The Cat in the Hat
  • A Little Princess
  • Pinocchio


5 “Ba-room, ba-room, ba-room, baripity, baripity, baripity, baripity — Good.”

  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • The Gruffalo


6 Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the pop-holes.

  • Fantastic Mr Fox
  • Animal Farm
  • Where the Wild Things Are


7 “Marley was dead: to begin with.”

  • The Hobbit
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • A Christmas Carol


8 “In the year 1775, there stood upon the borders of Epping Forest, at a distance of about twelve miles from London–measuring from the Standard in Cornhill,’ or rather from the spot on or near to which the Standard used to be in days of yore–a house of public entertainment called the Maypole; which fact was demonstrated to all such travellers as could neither read nor write (and at that time a vast number both of travellers and stay-at-homes were in this condition) by the emblem reared on the roadside over against the house, which, if not of those goodly proportions that Maypoles were wont to present in olden times, was a fair young ash, thirty feet in height, and straight as any arrow that ever English yeoman drew.”

  • The Worst Witch
  • Barnaby Rudge
  • The Borrowers


9 “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”

  • Just William
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • David Copperfield


10 “I will begin the story of my adventures with a certain morning early in the month of June, the year of grace 1751, when I took the key for the last time out of the door of my father’s house.”

  • Kidnapped
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Peter Pan


11 “Call me Ishmael. Some years ago–never mind how long precisely–having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.”

  • Mr Popper’s Penguins
  • Moby Dick
  • Swallows and Amazons


12 “Three hundred and forty-eight years, six months, and nineteen days ago to-day, the Parisians awoke to the sound of all the bells in the triple circuit of the city, the university, and the town ringing a full peal.”

  • Madeline
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Peter Rabbit


13 “On the first Monday of the month of April, 1625, the market town of Meung, in which the author of ‘Romance of The Rose’ was born, appeared to be in as perfect a state of revolution as if the Huguenots had just made a second La Rochelle of it.”

  • The Three Musketeers
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • Gulliver’s Travels


14 “One thing was certain, that the WHITE kitten had had nothing to do with it: it was the black kitten’s fault entirely.

  • The Twits
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Through the Looking Glass


15 “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.”

  • Oliver Twist
  • Curious George
  • Little Women


16 “Hard by a great forest dwelt a poor wood-cutter with his wife and his two children.”

  • Hansel and Gretel
  • Pippi Longstocking
  • Bambi


17 “When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.”

  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe


18 “My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.”

  • Great Expectations
  • Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang
  • The Golden Compass


19 “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.“

  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • The Wind in the Willows
  • Treasure Island


20 “When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen.”

  • The Secret Garden
  • Thumbelina
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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