The ISIHAC
Complete Children's Stories Page

Last Updated
04 Jan 2007

On the BBC Radio 4 show I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, one of the rounds includes suggestions for completing the opening passages of favourite Children's Stories. Here are some of the teams' suggestions, along with some of my suggestions. If you have any ideas you would like included, please e-mail me here, and I will add the best ones (with full credit to you of course)
Just move your mouse over the end of the opening lines or the words REAL ANSWER to reveal all!

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THE SECRET SEVEN by Enid Blyton:
The Secret Seven Society was having its usual weekly meeting. Its meeting place was down in the old shed at the bottom of the garden belonging to Peter & Janet. On the door were...
REAL ANSWER
Halifax
19 Jun 2006
KING SOLOMON'S MINES by Rider Haggard:
It is a curious thing that at my age, I shall never see sixty again, I should find myself taking up...
REAL ANSWER
Halifax
19 Jun 2006
THE BORROWERS by Mary Norton:
The Borrowers lived in the secret places of quiet old houses; behind the mantelpieces, inside the harpsichord, underneath the kitchen clock. They owned nothing, borrowed everything, and...
REAL ANSWER
Halifax
19 Jun 2006
[ GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens:
My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself...
REAL ANSWER
Not broadcast]
Halifax
19 Jun 2006
[ HARRY POTTER & THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN by J.K. Rowling :
Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways. For one thing, he hated the summer holidays more that any other time of the year. For another,...
REAL ANSWER
Not broadcast]
Halifax
19 Jun 2006
[ CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG by Ian Fleming:
Most motorcars are conglomerations (this is a long word for bundles) of steel and wire and rubber and plastic, and electricity and oil and petrol and water, and...
REAL ANSWER
Not broadcast]
Halifax
19 Jun 2006
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY by Arthur C. Clarke:
The drought had lasted now for ten million years, and the...
REAL ANSWER
Halifax
19 Jun 2006
[ GULLIVER'S TRAVELS by Jonathan Swift:
My father had a small estate in Nottinghamshire; I was the third of five sons. He sent me to Emanuel-College in Cambridge, at Fourteen Years old, where I...
REAL ANSWER
Not broadcast]
Halifax
19 Jun 2006
ROBIN HOOD & HIS MERRY MEN by Antonio Fraser:
It was Christmas Eve, & in the great Forest of Sherwood the snow lay thick upon the ground. As the shadows lengthened towards evening, a stealthy figure could be seen creeping from tree to tree. He had a bow in his hand, and...
REAL ANSWER
Halifax
19 Jun 2006
DEAR ZOO by Rod Campbell:
I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet. They sent me...
REAL ANSWER
Halifax
19 Jun 2006
THE IRON GIANT by Ted Hughes:
The Iron Man came to the top of the cliff. How far had he walked? Nobody knows. Where had he come from? Nobody knows. How was he made?...
REAL ANSWER
Halifax
19 Jun 2006
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY by Roald Dahl:
These two very old people are the father and mother of Mr. Bucket. Their names are Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine, and these very old people are...
REAL ANSWER
Halifax
19 Jun 2006
[ THE JUNGLE BOOK by Rudyard Kipling:
It was seven o'clock of a very warm evening in the Seeonee hills when Father Wolf woke up from his day's rest, scratched himself, yawned, and...
REAL ANSWER
Not broadcast]
Halifax
19 Jun 2006
[ WORZEL GUMMIDGE by Barbara Euphan Todd:
Probably, if it had not been for whooping cough, John & Susan would not have seen the...
REAL ANSWER
Not broadcast]
Halifax
19 Jun 2006
LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding:
The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to...
REAL ANSWER
Halifax
19 Jun 2006
EACH PEACH PAIR PLUM by Janet & Allan Ahlberg:
Each peach pair plum, I spy Tom Thumb. Tom Thumb in the cupboard, I spy Mother Hubbard. Mother Hubbard down the cellar,...
REAL ANSWER
Halifax
19 Jun 2006
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