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Animal Ark
Author: Lucy Daniels (pseudonym)
Published: 1994–present
Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Animals
Animal Ark series


Description

Animal Ark is a long-running series of children's books, starting in 1994, and written by various different authors, under the pseudonym Lucy Daniels.[1] Each book features the heroine, Mandy Hope, as she rescues animals from various perils—often from people who don't understand animals. The title refers to the Animal Ark veterinary surgery, which the main character's parents run. James, Mandy's friend, also features in most books, helping her to rescue the animals. The series were adapted for television.

As well as the main series—which contains more than 50 titles—there are also several other series featuring the same characters and themes: Animal Ark Holiday Specials (books issued for holidays, such as Christmas), Animal Ark Pets (which explores the younger days of some of the original animals),[1] Little Animal Ark (aimed at younger children), and Animal Ark Hauntings (ghost stories).

Reader's Reviews

1

I enjoyed these books, and they're quite exciting. No, they aren't the greatest writing in the world, and, yes, they are extremely repetitive, but for a few years from about age 6-9, you don't mind that. Enjoyable (for young-ish children), but not amazing.

2

The main child characters are strangely adult in behaviour and outlook, and consequently the relationship between the children and adults is abnormal. The family dynamics are affected by the adult-like only child.

3

My children enjoyed these books, but I found them dull and formulaic. The plots are simplistic and predictable, and the characters are extremely bland and one-dimensional. Also, you can somehow tell that "Lucy Daniels" isn't a real author! Harmless, but hardly good children's literature.

4

As a child, I loved going to the school library at lunch to pick up one or two new ones. After a while, I even had my little sister pick some extra ones up for me whenever her class went there. Yes, the writing style isn't perfect, and yes, as said before, the storylines tend to be somewhat repetitive, but these books can be extremely enjoyable for animal lovers, and are a great gift for young, school age children. Plus, the most important, and best aspect of these books, is that it teaches children repect for all living creatures, no matter how small or helpless. This is, in my opinion, what, despite the series' flaws, is what makes them worth reading.

Also, its not that Mandy never makes any mistakes, but that if she does, she goes on to rectify them as soon as she can. Also, she never gives up until she has managed to save whatever animal needs her help. These characteristics, despite making her seem a little too adult, aren't bad, or entirely unrealistic. There are children out there who always give their best, and reading about one such as Mandy, helps children aspire to be responsible and helpful like her, which again, is not a bad thing.

All in all, I think that this series is a good one for children to read to educate them on respecting other living creatures, and making them want to be better people, and for that, the series deserves to be praised.

Books in the series

N.B. Some of these books were published in the United States under different titles.

Main series

  1. Kittens in the Kitchen
  2. Pony in the Porch
  3. Puppies in the Pantry
  4. Goat in the Garden
  5. Hedgehogs in the Hall
  6. Badger in the Basement
  7. Cub in the Cupboard
  8. Piglet in a Playpen
  9. Owl in the Office
  10. Lamb in the Laundry
  11. Bunnies in the Bathroom
  12. Donkey on the Doorstep
  13. Hamster in a Hamper
  14. Goose on the Loose
  15. Calf in the Cottage
  16. Koalas in a Crisis
  17. Wombat in the Wild
  18. Roo on the Rock
  19. Squirrels in the School
  20. Guinea-pig in the Garage
  21. Fawn in the Forest
  22. Shetland in the Shed
  23. Swan in the Swim
  24. Lion by the Lake
  25. Elephants in the East
  26. Monkeys on the Mountain
  27. Dog at the Door
  28. Foals in the Field
  29. Sheep at the Show
  30. Raccoons on the Roof
  31. Dolphin in the Deep
  32. Bears in the Barn
  33. Otter in the Outhouse
  34. Whale in the Waves
  35. Hound at the Hospital
  36. Rabbits on the Run
  37. Horse in the House
  38. Panda in the Park
  39. Tiger on the Track
  40. Gorilla in the Glade
  41. Tabby in the Tub
  42. Chinchilla up the Chimney
  43. Puppy in a Puddle
  44. Leopard at the Lodge
  45. Giraffe in a Jam
  46. Hippo in a Hole
  47. Foxes on the Farm
  48. Badgers by the Bridge
  49. Deer on the Drive
  50. Animals in the Ark
  51. Mare in the Meadow
  52. Cats in the Caravan
  53. Polar Bears on the Path
  54. Seals on the Sled
  55. Husky in a Hut
  56. Beagle in the Basket
  57. Bunny on the Barge
  58. Guinea-pigs in the Greenhouse
  59. Dalmatian in the Dales
  60. Lambs in the Lane

Animal Ark Holiday Specials

Animal Ark Pets

Little Animal Ark

Animal Ark Hauntings

Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 10+
  • Read Aloud Age: 7+

Other than the fact that Mandy, and James are somewhat perfect fictional characters, they still make mistakes every now and then.

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External Links

The official website of Animal Ark.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "If you knew Lucy" (The Guardian)

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