Jan Ormerod was trained in design and worked in art schools and colleges until her first child was born. It was at this time that Ormerod became interested in picture books and felt this would necessitate a move to either the eastern states of Australia or to London; the family subsequently moved to London.
In an interview, published in 2002 on Adhoc, a UK website, Ormerod says: '[My] early work was very much based on my own family, when my children were very small and details on day to day life were my whole world...I wrote the text - and the words and image were both mine. But now, no longer having small children I draw from a wider range of stimuli and sometimes I write the text, sometimes a text gets offered to me...Quite a proportion of my work now is illustrating texts written by other people.'
Ormerod illustrated works for children by both English and American writers including an edition of J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan published by Viking Kestral in 1988.
For information about this author's works for children, particularly foreign editions not yet included in AustLit, see Australian Children's Books by Marcie Muir and Kerry White (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1992-2003).
'Caroline Crocodile’s baby brother dribbles. But all Mama Crocodile EVER says is how GORGEOUS he is. Caroline is VERY jealous. So she goes to the Baby Shop and tries to swap her dribbly brother for new baby. The trouble is, there’s something not quite right with any of them…' (Publisher's blurb)
Shake a Leg2010single work picture book children's 'From pizza shop to bora ground, here is a joyous celebration of food, dance and cultural understanding.
When three young boys go to a pizza parlour and meet an Aboriginal chef who can speak Italian and make a deadly pizza, they're in for a surprise!' Source: www.allenandunwin.com/ (Sighted 26/05/2011).
'Maudie's world revolves around Maudie. Bear's world also revolves around Maudie—he is as patient and solid as a rock. Maudie is so confident of Bear's love she makes little effort to deserve it. Bear's remedy for loving Maudie is to love her some more.
'Jan Ormerod's minimal text and Freya Blackwood's inspired illustrations perfectly capture the intricate relationship between parent and child. This is the ultimate of reassuring stories— it shows that a parent's love is inexhaustible.' (From the publisher's website.)