The Ultimate
Opening Lines to 25 Classic Children's Stories
Book Quiz

Question 1 of 25

"If a hungry little traveler shows up at your house, you might want to give him a cookie."

  • "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond (Illustrator)
  • "Chato's Kitchen" by Gary Soto and Susan Guevara (Illustrator)
  • "In the Night Kitchen" by Maurice Sendak
  • "The Stranger" by Chris Van Allsburg

Question 2 of 25

"One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight."

  • "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson
  • "Good Night, Gorilla" by Peggy Rathmann
  • "Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day" by Richard Scarry
  • "Diary of a Wombat" by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley (Illustrator)

Question 3 of 25

"Little Nutbrown Hare, who was going to bed, held on tight to Big Nutbrown Hare's very long ears."

  • "Guess How Much I Love You" by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram (Illustrator)
  • "Extra Yarn" by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
  • "The Runaway Bunny" by Margaret Wise Brown
  • "The Little House" by Virginia Lee Burton

Question 4 of 25

"Chug, chug, chug. Puff, puff, puff."

  • "The Little Engine That Could" by Watty Piper
  • "The Railway Children" by E. Nesbit
  • "Thomas the Tank Engine" by Wilbert Awdry
  • "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel" by Virginia Lee Burton

Question 5 of 25

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

  • "Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McCloskey
  • "Jamberry" by Bruce Degan
  • "All-of-a-Kind Family" by Sydney Taylor and Helen John (Illustrator)
  • "Good Dog, Carl" by Alexandra Day

Question 6 of 25

"Once there was a tree . . . and she loved a little boy."

  • "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein
  • "Pink and Say" by Patricia Polacco
  • "The Stories Julian Tells" by Ann Cameron and Ann Strugnell (Illustrator)
  • "Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw (Illustrator)

Question 7 of 25

"This is _______. She is good at lots of things."

  • "Olivia" by Ian Falconer
  • "Bread and Jam for Frances" by Russell Hoban and Lillian Hoban (Illustrator)
  • "Strega Nona" by Tomie dePaola
  • "Miss Rumphius" by Barbara Cooney

Question 8 of 25

"There once was a ___________, and in the beginning he was really splendid."

  • "The Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Williams and William Nicholson
  • "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
  • "The Weirdstone of Brisingamen" by Alan Garner
  • "Go, Dog, Go!" by P.D. Eastman

Question 9 of 25

"The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another . . . "

  • "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak
  • "Mr. Popper's Penguins" by Richard and Florence Atwater and Robert Lawson (Illustrator)
  • "Mama Don't Allow" by Thacher Hurd
  • "Journey" by Aaron Becker

Question 10 of 25

"A told B, and B told C, 'I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree.'"

  • "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, and Lois Ehlert (Illustrator)
  • "Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!" by Dr. Seuss
  • "The Important Book" by Margaret Wise Brown and Leonard Weisgard (Illustrator)
  • "Tuesday" by David Wiesner

Question 11 of 25

"Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, it was the custom of all the fathers and mothers in China to give their first and honored sons great long names."

  • "Tikki Tikki Tembo" by Arlene Mosel and Blair Lent (Illustrator)
  • "Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China" by Ed Young
  • "My Father's Dragon" by Ruth Stiles Gannett and Ruth Chrisman Gannett (Illustrator)
  • "The Three Questions" by Jon J. Muth

Question 12 of 25

"Once there was a peddler who sold caps."

  • "Caps for Sale" by Esphyr Slobodkina
  • "Ten Apples Up on Top!" by Dr. Seuss
  • "Big Red Lollipop" by Rukhsana Khan and Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
  • "I Want My Hat Back" by Jon Klassen

Question 13 of 25

"A mouse took a stroll through a deep dark wood."

  • "The Gruffalo" by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)
  • "The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame
  • "The Lion and the Mouse" by Jerry Pinkney
  • "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble" by William Steig

Question 14 of 25

"The sun did not shine."

  • "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss
  • "Millions of Cats" by Wanda Gag
  • "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats
  • "Barnyard Dance!" by Sandra Boynton

Question 15 of 25

"Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head . . . "

  • "Winnie-the-Pooh" by A. A. Milne and Ernest H. Shepard (Illustrator)
  • "Little Bear" by Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
  • "Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?" by Dr. Seuss
  • "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" by Helen Oxenbury and Michael Rosen

Question 16 of 25

"In the great forest a little elephant is born."

  • "The Story of Babar" by Jean De Brunhoff
  • "Jumanji" by Chris Van Allsburg
  • "The Very Quiet Cricket" by Eric Carle
  • "The Saggy Baggy Elephant" by Kathryn Jackson

Question 17 of 25

"Oh, ___________, your first day of work. And I can't be here."

  • "Amelia Bedelia" by Peggy Parish and Fritz Siebel (Illustrator)
  • "Smoky the Cowhorse" by Will James
  • "Mary Poppins" by P.L. Travers
  • "Blueberries for Sal" by Robert McCloskey

Question 18 of 25

"Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits . . . "

  • "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter
  • "Joseph Had a Little Overcoat" by Simms Taback
  • "Bambi" by Felix Salten
  • "Anno's Journey" by Mitsumasa Anno

Question 19 of 25

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

  • "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle
  • "Owl Moon" by Jane Yolen and John Schoenherr (Illustrator)
  • "Swallows and Amazons" by Arthur Ransome
  • "Stellaluna" by Janell Cannon

Question 20 of 25

"In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines . . . "

  • "Madeline" by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • "The Tigers of Mompracem" by Emilio Salgari
  • "Eloise" by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight (Illustrator)
  • "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Question 21 of 25

"I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there's gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running . . . "

  • "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz (Illustrator)
  • "The Napping House" by Audrey Wood and Don Wood (Illustrator)
  • "The New Kid on the Block" by Jack Prelutsky and James Stevenson (Illustrator)
  • "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales" by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith (Illustrator)

Question 22 of 25

"________ is a bear who once lived in the toy department of a big store."

  • "Corduroy" by Don Freeman
  • "A Bear Called Paddington" by Michael Bond and Peggy Fortnum (Illustrator)
  • "Curious George" by H.A. Rey
  • "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" by Kevin Henkes

Question 23 of 25

"Once upon a time in Spain . . . "

  • "The Story of Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson (Illustrator)
  • "Slow Loris" by Alexis Deacon
  • "Grandfather's Journey" by Allen Say
  • "The Lost World" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Question 24 of 25

"A mother bird sat on her egg."

  • "Are You My Mother?" by P.D. Eastman
  • "Brave Irene" by William Steig
  • "The Story of Doctor Dolittle" by Hugh Lofting
  • "Owl Babies" by Martin Waddell

Question 25 of 25

"In the great green room . . . "

  • "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd (Illustrator)
  • "Frog and Toad Are Friends" by Arnold Lobel
  • "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss
  • "Where Is the Green Sheep?" by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek (Illustrator)

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