The story of "The Three Little Lizards" was brought to life Friday morning by a troupe of actors in paint-splattered overalls as the 9-year-old author sat in the audience.
Fourth-grader Jaedon Bartling had no idea his short story would be performed when the Imagination Machine came to Robert Gisler Elementary School in Fountain Valley for a special assembly.
The Imagination Machine is a group of actors who perform students' short stories in front of them.
Watching his story about three lizards and an alligator come to life was "exciting," Jaedon said.
"It was fun. They did a good job performing," he said.
Jaedon was one of 10 students who saw their work acted out on stage. Which students' stories would be chosen was a surprise, said Principal Jennifer Perkins.
"The kids really get excited about it," she said. "It's a really big deal when they get selected."
The assembly, which had students laughing and interacting with the actors on stage, is fun for the students, but it also motivates them to write, Perkins said.