Can The First Line In A Picture Book Hook The Reader?
In many cases, a picture book can hook the reader's interest in the first sentence. Others might take a sentence or two to build interest.
I thought it could be helpful to list some of the first lines and get students' reactions. Is it a good way to start the story? Does it make them want to read more?
"Bonjour! I see you are staring at me!"
Escargot by Dashka Slater
Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017
"The big news is this: Little Miss will be a big sis."
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Little Miss, Big Sis - HarperCollins 2015
"The day had been long and full of adventures."
by Maureen Fergus
Buddy & Earl - Groundwood Books House of Anansi Press, 2016
"On the day the science project hatched, our whole class was amazed."
The Teacher's Pet by Anica Mrose Rissi
"Thelma felt a little sad."
Thelma the Unicorn - Scholastic Press, 2017
"I bought a pillow here and I think it is broken."
by Laura Gehl
by Laura Gehl
Viking, Penguin, 2018
"The piano stood quietly in the living room for years."
by Peter H. Reynolds
Candlewick Press, 2016
"One day, I had an idea.
Where did it come from?" (Second Sentence)
by Kobi Yamada
Compendium, Inc., 2013
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