How well do you know the classics?
Here, for your perfect poolside entertainment / interesting barbecue conversation starter / ideal work displacement activity (delete as appropriate), is the CCLSB Summer Quiz.
These are all first lines of children’s books, all classics or tipped-as-classics. In view of our wonderfully global readership, I’ve tried to keep the international aspect in view, but please forgive me for a likely UK-bias.
You’ll probably know most of them – but can you identify all of them without recourse to Google or your bookshelf?
Answers next Sunday.
Which children’s book begins with … ?
What are the names of the missing characters and places?
(And for a bonus point, who said the thing about boredom in Q6?)
A. Once upon a time there were four____________, and their names were ___________, ______________, ___________, and __________.
B. Once there were four children whose names were ___________, ______________, ___________, and __________.
C. My name’s ____________, but no-one’s ever called me that.
2. So they said …
A. “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,”
C. “Where’s Papa going with that axe?”
3. Starting from home
A. In a hole in the ground there lived ______________.
B. ____________ had been working very hard all morning, spring cleaning his little home.
C. The __________ family had been living for some weeks in the valley where they had found their house after the dreadful flood (which is another story).
D. Mr and Mrs ____________, of __________________, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
4. Cut to the action
A. __________ and _____________ moved through the darkening Hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen.
B. Here is ____________, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head.
C. There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.
5. Only at night
A. Rain fell that night, a fine whispering rain.
B. The night ________ wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another.
C. It was 7 minutes after midnight.
6. Boredom: the desire for desires
A. ––––– was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do.
B. There once was a boy named ____________ who didn’t always know what to do with himself – not just sometimes, but always.
C. I found him in the garage on a Sunday afternoon.
7. Things can only get better
A. If, standing alone on the back doorstep, ______ allowed himself to weep tears, they were tears of anger.
B. When _______________ was sent to ______________ to live with her uncle, everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen.
C. I’d never given much thought to how I would die.