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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"My trip, by me, Miss Mouse." Read full book review >

MISS MOUSE’S DAY by Jan Ormerod
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 2001

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"The illustrations are delightful and the implicit story is charming, especially when it's wrapped up with ``One happy hug.'' As quintessentially simple as Ormerod's own wonderfully expressive line. (Picture book. 3-8)

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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

Via one family's visit, an introduction to 20 varied animals and to the zoo itself. Read full book review >