Where do you start? Do you write a detailed account of the characters? Do you start writing in the middle of the action? Take a look at a few of these brilliant first lines, which are so well recognised that some people will be able to tell you what the book is called, just from hearing the first line. It may change the way that you write the opening to your next picture book.
See if you can guess the picture books. The answers will be at the bottom of this post.
1. The night Max wore a wolf suit and cause mischief of one kind..... or another.
2. In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf.
3. Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!
4. One day, on the banks of a billabong, a very clever dingo caught a wombat.
5. Right in the middle of Bertha Bear's party, just as she was about the cake.
6. Down by the river in the heat of the day the crocodile sleeps and awaits his prey.
7. David was frightened of the sea. It was a huge, wet monster that gobbled him up, knocked him over, turned him upside down.
8. Once upon a time, but not very long ago, deep in the Australian bush lived two possums. Their names were Hush and Grandma Poss.
9. One afternoon at the zoo, clouds as big as dinosaurs stomped across the sky and roared!
10. The farmyard cat was out walking. She was very, very, hungry.
How did you go? Did you guess any? Here are the answers:
1. Where The Wild Things Are
2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
3. Oh, The Places You'll Go!
Marcia K. Vaughan
6. Crocodile Beat
7. There's a Sea in my Bedroom
8. Possum Magic
9. Bim Bam Boom!
10. The Farmyard Cat