It’s Desmond and Andres versus the Zombie Zookeeper in the fourth book of the Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol chapter book series!
For this case, Desmond and Andres off to the zoo! Zoo field trips are the best. You get to ride in a bus, you get to spend the day outside, and all the animals are safely far away in their enclosures. Nothing scary here, right? Wrong! Leave it to Desmond Cole to find the one zookeeper who’s also a zombie.
With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol chapter books are perfect for emerging readers.
Night of the Zombie Zookeeper CHAPTER ONE Zoos Are Cool
Everybody loves the zoo, right? Hey, who doesn’t like cool animals? Who doesn’t want to spend the day hanging out with lions, tigers, bears, and snakes? Okay, maybe not the snakes. They make my skin crawl.
But the rest of the zoo? Believe it or not, I’m just like every other kid. I love zoos!
I mean, where else can you see animals from all over the world in one place . . . up close?
Not to mention the merry-go-round, ice-cream stands, and a train that goes all the way around the park. Want to get from the apes to the petting farm without standing up? Then all aboard the Zoo Choo Train!
Zoos even have the coolest gift shops. They have huge stuffed animals and stretchy rubber snakes. Oh, in case you didn’t know, I think fake snakes are fine. The gift shop also has T-shirts, magnets, and those key chains with your name on it. Of course, they never have a key chain with “Andres” on it, so maybe I don’t like the key chains so much. But still, the zoo is great.
I mean, it’s kind of great.
Well . . . except for the snakes, like I said. Also, the zoo always has peacocks roaming free across the grounds. I have never trusted those peacocks. Why are they allowed to walk around? It’s not like they are here to see the other animals.
I’ll tell you what they are after: food. I had a bad run-in with a peacock one time. That sneaky bird stole a soft pretzel right out of my hand. And the pretzel was still warm!
And I’ll never forget the time I spilled bird food all over myself in the bird habitat.
That did not turn out well.
Hmm, now that I think about it, once I was feeding a goat at the zoo . . . but the goat ate my video game instead of his real food.
Okay, maybe I shouldn’t have been playing it while I was feeding the goat, but I was just about to beat my high score!
It’s no wonder the animals are always looking for something new to eat. Have you seen what the zoo feeds them? Leaves, cold fish, and something called “pellets,” whatever that is.
But none of that food is half as bad as what the zookeeper is carrying in that bucket now. It looks like something Desmond Cole’s mom would make. Something she has made!
But that’s not why Desmond and I are tailing this zookeeper. We’re the Ghost Patrol. Maybe you can see us hiding right here. See, there is something odd about this zookeeper.
Andres Miedoso is still afraid of everything as a grown-up, even after all his adventures with Desmond Cole. He lives in New York City with his family, and he remains best friends with Desmond but returns to Kersville only when he’s needed.
Victor Rivas was born and raised in Vigo, Spain, and he lives outside of Barcelona. He has been a freelance illustrator for thirty years, illustrating children’s and teen books, comics, and concept art for multimedia games and animation.