The Clown Said No

Translated by David Henry Wilson $ 17.95 US / $ 23.95 CAD 8.5 x 11 32 pages / ages 4 to 8 ISBN: 978-0-7358-4476-6 On Sale: 4. October 2022


The Clown Said No

Good things happen when you speak up for yourself!

Petronius is the funniest clown in the world, but he’s tired of being told what to do by the ringmaster. He would rather tell stories for children and poets! The animals are tired of being bossed around too. So, Theodore the donkey, Ferdinand the horse, Gustav the lion, Luise the giraffe, and Otto the dog follow him to realize their dream of their own circus, in which no one is forced to perform. Will the band of friends perform the show they’ve always dreamed of doing?

This picture book classic from 1961 has been newly illustrated by award winner Torben Kuhlmann for a whole new generation to enjoy.

Originally translated by Anthea Bell, with updated translation by David Henry Wilson.

Those who turn the pages will find a sweet mix of action and reflection as they cheer on the earnest gaggle of performers. Part storybook, part pep talk to anyone with a dream in reach.
Kirkus Reviews

[S]o old this children's book is, it is also timeless.
Anna Vollme, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Newspaper, Frankfurt, Germany)