I’m an avid sports fan, but no matter how hard I try, I can not remember scores and plays from games of long, long ago, or even from yesterday, no matter the sport. But, I can certainly recall lines from my favorite movies, like “Smiling’s my favorite” and “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear” from Elf,
“Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get,” from Forrest Gump
“I’ll have what she’s having,” from When Harry Met Sally…
“You had me at ‘hello,’” from Jerry Maguire
“You’re killing me Smalls!” from The Sandlot
“There’s no crying in baseball!” from A League of Their Own
Why do we have favorite lines? Why out of the two plus hours of well-written lines, do we remember these? Why do they stick, branded on the minds of men and women? Because they’re clever. They capture the mood and convey it so succinctly. They’re fun to repeat. They make you feel witty, powerful, funny, and poetic.
But movies aren’t the only source of fabulous lines. Many unforgettable lines dwell in books as well, especially in picture books.
As often as I can, I’ll share a line from one of my favorite PBs. Hopefully you’ll enjoy them as much as I do, and maybe, just maybe, they’ll inspire you to write a line that captures the heart of some voracious, bright-eyed little booklover. And a warning before we start, I love good rhyme – not all rhyme –but selective, brilliant, well -chosen, story enhancing, move forward rhyme!
For examples of some of my favorite PB lines click here