Books by Jan Ormerod

MAUDIE AND BEAR by Jan Ormerod
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 5, 2012

"There's fascinating aesthetic composition here, if the relationship doesn't distract. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Picture books are full of odd-couple friendships, plenty of which feature a bear; this example stands out in splendid composition and an unsettling dynamic. Read full book review >
ITSY-BITSY BABIES by Margaret Wild
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Full of warmth and fun, appealing visuals and gentle humor, this is a marvelous book to read while gently bouncing a baby or young child on your knee. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Babies can do lots of things, as these winsome tots demonstrate in a catchy, rhythmic ode to the activities—and charm—of the very young. Read full book review >
MOLLY AND HER DAD by Jan Ormerod
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"This delightful offering is a genuine celebration of the nontraditional family. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Molly, a storyteller with spunk, spins fables about her absent father. Read full book review >
BALLET SISTERS by Jan Ormerod
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2008

"Though a work with this format is clearly intended for the easy-reader shelves, preschoolers interested in ballet lessons will also enjoy Sylvie's interest in dance. (Easy reader. 3-7)"
In the second entry in this easy reader series, a younger girl named Sylvie begins studying ballet, following in the footsteps of her big sister, Bonnie. Read full book review >
THE BUFFALO STORM by Katherine Applegate
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 15, 2007

"Teachers and parents will appreciate this high-quality combination of text and illustration. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Applegate and Ormerod join forces to contribute to the all-too-small picture-book selection recounting the frontier movement to the Pacific coast. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: April 16, 2007

"Children who are afraid of dogs, as well as those who love them, will find this volume useful and encouraging. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-6)"
Harry is a cheerful and friendly long-haired dachshund who serves as the first-person narrator for this thoughtful look at the best way for a child to meet dogs. Read full book review >
BALLET SISTERS by Jan Ormerod
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Ormerod's twinkling tale is ideally suited for aspiring prima ballerinas ready to move onto big girl books. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
While Ormerod's beginning chapter book covers familiar territory, she infuses it with enough sparkle and subtle wit to make it refreshing. Read full book review >
MAMA’S DAY by Linda Ashman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"Delightful to read aloud and to find all the toys and a ginger kitten on each and every page. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ashman rhymes in an effortless way; the pencil-and-wash pictures are in Ormerod's rosy crystalline style; and it's hard to have too many mama books so long as they are as good as this one. Read full book review >
LIZZIE NONSENSE by Jan Ormerod
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Based on anecdotes from the author's own family history. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Papa takes the cut sandalwood into town, Lizzie, Mama and the baby are all alone in their little house in the bush. Read full book review >
WHEN AN ELEPHANT COMES TO SCHOOL by Jan Ormerod
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"So the next time a new kid comes to your school, treat him like an elephant. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When an elephant comes to school, well, he's an awful lot like a new kid, especially when the other kids are humans. Read full book review >
THE FROG PRINCESS by Jan Ormerod
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 15, 2005

"Kids will be tickled by this humorous switcheroo. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ormerod jumps into a pond full of "Frog Prince" makeovers with her comical flip on the classic tale. Read full book review >
I AM NOT GOING TO SCHOOL TODAY! by Robie H. Harris
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2003

"A great send-off. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The team of Harris and Ormerod once again create a reassuring title with utter purity of feeling. Read full book review >
IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT! by Jan Ormerod
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"So the compulsive reader or listener will have to add the last line to tie up the page—possibly making it even more entertaining. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An exuberant take on the children's song with a cast of adorable animals and an even more adorable little girl adding to the fun. Read full book review >
GOODBYE MOUSIE by Robie H. Harris
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Not since The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (1971) has there been such an affecting and satisfying story about the death of a pet. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little boy's pet mouse dies, and he and his family cope, in this gently done true-life tale by a team that has such an elegant grasp of the workings of the minds and hearts of children. Read full book review >
MISS MOUSE TAKES OFF by Jan Ormerod
FICTION
Released: July 31, 2001

"Of course: it's 'Granny!' (Picture book. 2-5)"
"My trip, by me, Miss Mouse." Read full book review >
MISS MOUSE’S DAY by Jan Ormerod
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 2001

"However, for the full effect, this is best shared one-on-one so little ones can spend their time poring over the illustrations. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a tell-all exposé, Miss Mouse describes a typical day in her life with her toddler companion. Read full book review >
PEEK-A-BOO! by Jan Ormerod
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"The uncluttered illustrations show the babies against plain pastel backgrounds, making this simple, happy fare for the very youngestwhat a good idea to build a book around this universal infant game. (Board book. 0-3)"
From Ormerod (Ms. MacDonald Has a Class, 1996, etc.), a good candidate for a baby's very first book; this board book shows seven little ones, all races, all smiles, hiding behind items such as mittens, a bib, a stuffed toy, and a towel; every spread asks the question, ``Where's the baby?'' A fold-down flap (located in the same spot on every spread, supplying the predictability needed by this age group) discloses the baby's face and the various rhyming answers. Read full book review >
WHO'S WHOSE? by Jan Ormerod
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1998

"Ormerod employs a light touch in her excellent, sketchy illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Readers who may be attempting to grasp the point to this initially puzzling book will find guidance on the jacket flap: "Mix together 4 parents/1 grandmother/2 guinea pigs/1 dog/8 kids." Read full book review >
SKY DANCER by Jack Bushnell
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The long text and Jenny's size (she's 10 or 11) make this appropriate for middle graders as well as young listeners. (Picture book. 4+)"
A real delight, for the eye and for the spirit. Read full book review >
MS. MACDONALD HAS A CLASS by Jan Ormerod
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 16, 1996

"The original song wins for simple, raucous fun; this version scores for its rendering of energetic children making an eye-filling hubbub. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Ms. MacDonald, fashionable in ankle boots and hoop earrings, takes her class of two dozen appealingly diverse children ``down to the farm, E-I-E-I-O.'' Back in the classroom they parade around imitating the farm animals, improvising costumes, and painting scenery, then tidy up and take a nap. Read full book review >
CLOUD NINE by Norman Silver
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 21, 1995

"Science may not allow humans to float on clouds like inner tubes, or sky surf on a jet-powered cumulus, but this book's paean to the imagination will transport readers easily, believably, up to Armstong's cottony retreat. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When his mother suggests he ``go build something,'' Armstrong constructs a ladder to the clouds, and as the numbered clouds pass bysix, seven, eighthe lassos the ninth as his personal refuge in the sky. Read full book review >
JAN ORMEROD'S TO BABY WITH LOVE by Jan Ormerod
POETRY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A feast of bright yet subtle color and bold design, just right for introducing the youngest to some familiar animals while tickling their ears with contagious rhymes and their minds with a few simple concepts. (Picture book. 1-5)"
An artist known especially for her exquisite draughtsmanship visualizes five familiar nursery pieces in vibrant paint set off by brilliant white. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC SKATEBOARD by Enid Richemont
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1993

"But fans of the sport who occasionally open a book may find this one to their liking. (Fiction. 8-10)"
A half-hour of magical events occupies an entire chapter book: Danny's meeting with an ominous-looking woman takes a turn for the best when he lets her try his skateboard. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT PILLOW FIGHT by Jan Ormerod
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 1993

"Deftly drawn Polly is a charmer, her unusual crew a delight. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Fantasy or dream, a winsome adventure to pair with Sendak's In the Night Kitchen. Read full book review >
SUNFLAKES by Lilian Moore
POETRY
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"Fully indexed. (Poetry. 3-8)"
A charming collection for young children, reflecting their concerns, interests, and point of view and grouped with enticing headings lifted from the poems themselves: ``Me and Potato Chips'' for poems about food; ``The Night Is Long But Fur Is Deep''; ``If Sunlight Fell Like Snowflakes,'' from the title poem; and so on. Read full book review >
THE CHEWING-GUM RESCUE by Margaret Mahy
Released: Feb. 10, 1992

"A must for Mahy fans. (Short stories. 10+)"
Another sampling of the redoubtable New Zealander's matchless wit and irrepressible imagination, 11 stories that— like those in The Door in the Air (p. 474)—were published abroad years ago (in this case, 1982) but are being introduced here only now. Read full book review >
ONE BALLERINA TWO by Vivian French
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Oct. 16, 1991

"As quintessentially simple as Ormerod's own wonderfully expressive line. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A sleek, graceful girl of perhaps 12, neatly clad in a leotard, and a disheveled preschooler wearing a baggy sweater and legwarmers take turns demonstrating some familiar moves: ten careful pliÇs, nine approximate knee bends, eight precise changements, seven oddly assorted little jumps, etc. The logical- minded may enjoy observing that, while the figures are repeated the appropriate number of times, the activities sometimes aren't- -e.g., the older girl is caught at six stages of a single pirouette. Read full book review >
WHEN WE WENT TO THE ZOO by Jan Ormerod
ANIMALS
Released: March 20, 1991

"Although the idea is hardly new, Ormerod's skillful composition and deft draftsmanship make this an unusually attractive book for small children. (Picture book. 1-7)"
Via one family's visit, an introduction to 20 varied animals and to the zoo itself. Read full book review >