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

Question 1 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)

Question 2 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 8 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 9 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 10 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 11 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 12 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 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

"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 15 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 16 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 17 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 18 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 19 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 20 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 21 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 22 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 23 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 24 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 25 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

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