Animal Ark

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Animal Ark
Author Ben M. Baglio
Genre children's books
Publisher Scholastic Corporation
Published 1994
No. of books 62

Animal Ark is a children's book series written by a collection of authors under the direction of Ben M. Baglio using the pseudonym Lucy Daniels starting in 1994.[1] They have now been published in the USA and many other countries. The age it is aimed at is usually agreed as 8 plus.

The general plot of each book features Mandy, the daughter of the local veterinarian, finding animals in trouble and trying to help them with the assistance of her best friend James, and other people in the village. Animal Ark is the name of the vet surgery.

The Animal Ark books have been adapted for a television series,[2] and a magazine, Animal Ark, has been published to accompany the books.[3] The magazine helps to support the Jean Byrd Animal Rescue and Education Centre near Shamwari, South Africa through the Born Free Foundation.[4]

Ben Baglio, the author, was born in New York, but lives in Great Britain. He has 2 Russian Blue cats called Benji and Peter. Ever since he was little he has grown up loving animals and reading. He had a dog called Nero. He has written numerous children's books.

The books[edit]

Note: Editions for the United States are numbered differently from those of the United Kingdom. This is primarily because not all of the Animal Ark Series books were published in the United States. Editions in the United States were published under the name Ben Baglio. Those of the United Kingdom were published under the name Lucy Daniels.

The original Animal Ark Series consisted of 94 books written between 1994-2008. Although the majority of the stories centered around Mandy Hope and her parents vet practice, Animal Ark, in the town of Welford in Yorkshire, a number of stories took readers to other continents around the world. The original series also included a number of books labeled as Summer Specials or Holiday Specials. In fact, by late 2003, the Animal Ark Series was mainly publishing holiday specials including Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, and Christmas.

Animal Ark[edit]

       1. Kittens in the Kitchen (1994)
       2. Pony on the Porch/Pony In The Porch (UK title) (1994)
       3. Puppies in the Pantry (1994)
       4. Goat in the Garden (1994)
       5. Hedgehogs in the Hall (1994)
       6. Badger in the Basement (1994)
       7. Cub in the Cupboard (1994)
       8. Piglet in A Playpen (1994)
       9. Owl in the Office (1995)
     10. Lamb in the Laundry (1995)
     11. Bunnies in the Bathroom (1995)
     12. Donkey on the Doorstep (1995)
            Sheepdog in the Snow (1995)  Holiday Special #1
     13. Hamster in a Handbasket/Hampster in a Hamper (UK title) (1996)
     14. Goose on the Loose (1996)
     15. Calf in the Cottage (1996)
     16. Koalas in a Crisis (1996)  Animal Ark in Australia
     17. Wombat in the Wild (1996)  Animal Ark in Australia
     18. Roo on the Rock (1996)  Animal Ark in Australia
     19. Squirrels in the School (1996)
     20. Guinea Pigs in the Garage (1996)
            Kitten in the Cold (1996)  Holiday Special #2
     21. Fawn in the Forest (1997)
     22. Shetland in the Shed (1997)
     23. Swan in the Swim (1997)
     24. Lion by the Lake (1997)  Animal Ark in Africa
     25. Elephants in the East (1997)  Animal Ark in Africa
     26. Monkeys on the Mountain (1997)  Animal Ark in Africa
     27. Foals in the Field (1997)
            Seals at the Shore (1997)  Summer Special #1
     28. Dog at the Door (1997)
            Fox in the Frost (1997)  Holiday Special #3
     29. Sheep at the Show (1998)
     30. Raccoons on the Roof (1998)  Animal Ark in the United States
     31. Dolphin in the Deep (1998)  Animal Ark in the United States
     32. Bears in the Barn (1998)  Animal Ark in the United States
     33. Otter in the Outhouse (1998)
     34. Whale in the Waves (1998)
     35. Hound at the Hospital (1998)
            Ponies at the Point (1998) Summer Special #2
     36. Rabbits on the Run (1998)
     37. Horse in the House (1998)
            Hamster in the Holly (1998)  Holiday Special #4
     38. Panda in the Park (1999)  Animal Ark in Danger!
     39. Tiger on the Track (1999)  Animal Ark in Danger!
     40. Gorilla in the Glade (1999)  Animal Ark in Danger!
     41. Tabby in the Tub (1999)
     42. Chinchilla up the Chimney (1999)
     43. Puppy in a Puddle (1999)
            Pigs at the Picnic (1999)  Summer Special #3
            Pony in a Package/Pony at the Post (Uk title) (1999)  Holiday Special #5
     44. Leopard at the Lodge (2000)  Animal Ark in South Africa
     45. Giraffe in a Jam (2000)  Animal Ark in South Africa
     46. Hippo in a Hole (2000)  Animal Ark in South Africa
     47. Foxes on the Farm (2000)
     48. Badger by the Bridge (2000)
     49. Deer on the Drive (2000)
            Pup at the Palace (2000)  Summer Special #4
            Mouse in the Mistletoe (2000)  Holiday Special #6
     50  Animals in the Ark (2001)
     51. Mare in the Meadow (2001)
     52. Cats at the Campground/Cats in the Caravan (UK title) (2001)
            Porpoise in the Pool (2001)   Summer Special #5
            Terrier in the Tinsel (2001)   Holiday Special #7
     53. Polar Bears on the Path/Polars on the Path (UK title) (2002)  Animal Ark in the Arctic
     54. Seals on the Sled (2002)  Animal Ark in the Arctic
     55. Husky in a Hut (2002)  Animal Ark in the Arctic
     56. Beagle in the Basket (2002)
     57. Bunny on the Barge (2002)
     58. Guinea-Pigs in the Greenhouse (2002)
     59. Dalmatian in the Dales (2002)
            Stallion in the Stable (2002)  Summer Special #6
            Cats in the Candlelight (2002)  Holiday Special #8
     60. Lambs in the Lane (2003)
     61. Labrador on the Lawn (2003)  
            Siamese in the Sun (2003)  Summer Special #7
            Racehorse in the Rain (2003)  Holiday Special #9
            Collie with a Card (2004)   Valentine/Holiday Special #10
            Bunny in a Basket (2004)   Easter/Holiday Special #11
            Kitten in the Candycorn (2004)  Halloween/Holiday Special #12
            Puppy in a Present (2004)  Christmas/Holiday Special #13
            Husky with A Heart (2005)  Valentine/Holiday Special #14
            Mustang in the Mist (2005)  Easter/Holiday Special #15
            Beagle in a Backpack (2005)  Halloween/Holiday Special #16
            Colt on Christmas Eve (2005)  Christmas/Holiday Special #17
            Pony in a Pumpkin Patch (2006)  Halloween/Holiday Special #18
            Spaniel in a Stocking (2006)  Christmas/Holiday Special #19
            Kitty in the Candy Hearts (2007)  Valentine/Holiday Special #20
            Dalmatian in the Daisies (2007)  Easter/Holiday Special #21
            Stallion in Spooky Hollow (2007)  Halloween/Holiday Special #22
            Tabby under the Tree (2007)  Christmas/Holiday Special #23
            Corgi in the Cupcakes (2008)  Valentine/Holiday Special #24
            Poodle in the Pansies (2008)  Easter/Holiday Special #25
            Labrador in the Leaves (2008)   Halloween/Holiday Special #26



Animal Ark Summer Specials[edit]


1. Seals on the Shore (1997)
2. Ponies at the Point (1998)
3. Pigs at a Picnic (1999)
4. Pup at the Palace (2000)
5. Porpoise in a Pool (2001)
6. Stallion in a Stable (2002)
7. Siamese in the Sun (2003)


Animal Ark Holiday Specials[edit]


1. Sheepdog in the Snow (1995)
2. Kitten in the Cold (1996)
3. Fox in the Frost (1997)
4. Hamster in the Holly (1998)
5. Pony in a Package/Pony at the Post (UK title) (1999)
6. Mouse in the Mistletoe (2000)
7. Terrier in the Tinsel (2001)
8. Cats in the Candlelight (2002)
9. Racehorse in the Rain (2003)
10. Collie with a Card (2004) Valentine Special
11. Bunny in a Basket (2004) Easter Special
12. Cat in the Candycorn (2004) Halloween Special
13. Puppy in a Present (2004) Christmas Special
14. Husky with a Heart (2005) Valentine Special
15. Mustang in the Mist (2005) Easter Special
16. Beagle in a Backpack (2005) Halloween Special
17. Colt on Christmas Eve (2005) Christmas Special
18. Pony in a Pumpkin Patch (2006) Halloween Special
19. Spaniel in a Stocking (2006) Christmas Special
20. Kitty in the Candy Hearts (2007) Valentine Special
21. Dalmatian in the Daisies (2007) Easter Special
22. Stallion in Spooky Hollow (2007) Halloween Special
23. Tabby under the Tree (2007) Christmas Special
24. Corgi in the Cupcakes (2008) Valentine Special
25. Poodle in the Pansies (2008) Easter Special
26. Labrador in the Leaves (2008) Halloween Special


Animal Ark Hauntings series[edit]

Animal Ark Hauntings are a series of spin-off books focusing on animal ghost stories.


1. Stallion in the Storm (1999)
2. Cat in the Crypt (1999)
3. Dog in the Dungeon (1999)
4. Colt in the Cave (2000)
5. Foal in the Fog (1999)
6. Hound on the Heath (2000)
7. Wolf at the Window (2000)
8. Cats in the Castle (2001)
9. Deer in the Darkness (2001)


Animal Ark Pets[edit]


1. Puppy Puzzle
2. Kitten Crowd
3. Rabbit Race
4. Hamster Hotel
5. Mouse Magic
6. Chick Challenge
7. Pony Parade
8. Guinea-pig Gang
9. Gerbil Genius
10. Duckling Diary
11. Lamb Lessons
12. Doggy Dare
13. Donkey Derby
14. Hedgehog Home
15. Frog Friends
16. Bunny Bonanza
17. Ferret Fun
18. Rat Riddle
19. Cat Crazy
20. Pets' Party
21. Foal Frolics
22. Cat's Cradle
23. Piglet Pranks
24. Spaniel Surprise
25. Pet Pals
26. Kitten Kisses(Christmas Special)

Little Animal Ark[edit]


1. The Playful Puppy
2. The Curious Kitten
3. The Midnight Mouse
4. The Brave Bunny
5. The Clever Cat
6. The Party Pony
7. The Lucky Lamb
8. The Cheeky Chick
9. The Happy Hamster
10. The Proud Piglet
11. The Fearless Fox
12. The Friendly Foal



Animal Ark Specials[edit]


1. The Kitten That Won First Prize: and other Animal Stories
2. Animal Ark Favourites

See also[edit]

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