Animal Ark is a gorgeous series for animal lovers. This much loved series was first published in 1994 and has just been relaunched by Orchard books. Here they give us access behind the scenes access on how they approached relaunching this classic children's series.
At Orchard Books, we know a thing or two about creating series that children LOVE. In fact, we pride ourselves on being the best in the business at it. And once you find the magic formula that keeps kids coming back for more – be it fantastic fairy adventures in Rainbow Magic, or edge-of-your-seat battles with monsters and dragons in Beast Quest – it can ignite a passion for reading that lasts for life.
This summer, we are thrilled to be relaunching one of our best-loved series for a brand-new generation of readers. Animal Ark first appeared on the shelves in 1994, the same year that saw the first series of Friends hit our TV screens and Disney’s The Lion King released at the cinema. With its irresistible combination of cute creatures and real-life animal care, Animal Ark became an instant hit and we published over 50 titles in the series, which went on to sell 20 million copies worldwide. Best friends Mandy and James, along with the rest of the team at the Animal Ark veterinary surgery, were always on hand for any animal that needed their help – including a hamster in a hamper, racoons on the roof, and even a chinchilla up a chimney!