Friday, May 25, 2018

Does The First Sentence In A Picture Book Need To Hook The Reader?


I thought it would be interesting to see what the opening lines are in some of the 2018 picture books I'm planning to review. As many of you know I've been reviewing in an effort to see what type of books are being published. I do it on this site and Picture Book Sleuth

Books Published in 2018 

Pete the Kitty And The Groovy Playdate
by Kimberly and James Dean
First Sentence:

"Pete the kitty jumps out of bed!"


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Grandma's Purse
by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

First Sentence:

"Today my grandma Mimi is coming to visit."


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Once Upon A Memory
by Nina Laden
First Sentence:

"Does a feather remember it once was . . . a bird?"


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I've Loved You Since Forever
by Hoda Kotb
First Sentence:

"I've loved you since forever."


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The Big Bed
by Bunmi Laditan
First Sentence:

"We need to talk about the big bed."


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The Digger And The Flower
by Joseph Kuefler
First Sentence:

"It was morning and the big trucks were ready to work."


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Bunny's Staycation (Mama's Business Trip)
by Lori Richmond
First Sentence:

"Mama is going away on a business trip...and Bunny doesn't like it one bit."


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Tilly & Tank
by Jay Fleck
First Sentence:

"Tilly was taking her morning stroll when she noticed something strange in the distance."


So how important are first sentences in picture books? Personally, I think they can be very important, but do they really have to be great sentences? If you're like me, some of these sentences are good, others don't really catch my attention. But I do have two distinct favorites, even though I haven't read any of these books.

Several months ago I asked this same question on Twitter. Below are the results:

Question: Are first sentences that important in picture books?







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