Excerpt From “Cody’s Almost Trip to the Zoo,” a children’s book by John Stack

Cody’s class is going on a field trip to the zoo, or so they think. As the bus passes through the middle of Treble City, the school custodian, who is driving the bus, turns down a dark alley. He drives the bus in to a lake and it turns into a pirate ship, of which the custodian is 1st mate and their teacher is the captain. They are on an expedition to find some strange, but wonderful beasts. But, do they ever make it to the zoo?


Cody was really confused. He thought they were going to the zoo and some how they were at a lake and Cody didn’t know that Treble City even had a lake.

But, things kept getting stranger and more confusing. All of a sudden some of the kids began to scream and that was when Mr. Fletcher drove the bus straight into the water. Ms. Morgan didn’t seem upset – even though the class was frantic.

All of a sudden Cody was no longer on a bus, but on a ship. Everyone was on the ship. Ms. Morgan was wearing strange clothes and so was Mr. Fletcher, and Mr. Fletcher was wearing a funny hat. As Cody and the others in his class walked around on deck, he could see that this was not just any boat, but a Pirate ship.

Ms Morgan wore clothes like a pirate and carried a long spy glass. “Children,” said Ms. Morgan, “please settle down. We are going on a special trip today.” Mr. Fletcher, who was steering the ship, just looked at us and said, “Arrgh!” Cody tried not to freak out, but this was really weird.


Writer: John Stack is a middle school math teacher in Kernersville, NC and this is his 15th year in the teaching profession. He attends a local Christian church. Prior to teaching, he served 20 years in the US Air Force helping design and build support facilities for the fliers. He has been married for 38 years. He and his wife have two natural daughters, ages 36 and 34, an adopted daughter who is three, and 2 grandsons, ages 4 and 2. He has been adopted by a retired racing greyhound named Lola and a Chihuahua named Millie.

Illustrator: Aron Daniels lives in Winston Salem, North Carolina with his wife, Amy, and their two dogs. A graduate of Western Carolina University’s School of the Art and Design, Aron works as a graphic designer and freelance illustrator.

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