There's something particularly satisfying about a book that (a) has a terrific first paragraph and (b) fulfils all the expectations of that high-octane opening.
Mr Gnome and I agree that the text pictured is a tip-top example of a smashing start.
From that first warning 'If' we know we're contemplating potential transgression. We're invited to cross a boundary from the safe world of 'being told' to the altogether more alluring possibilities of finding out for yourself.
Temptation has rarely seemed more irresistible.
I've read these words aloud to umpteen groups of children over the years, and they 'work' every time. Like a spell.
No prizes for the title of the book. But Mr G and I would welcome news of similarly sensational starts.