When the ringmaster commanded ""Jump"", Petronius the clown calmly replied ""No"" The clown's bold ""no"" is echoed by a few other animals who long for freedom. They set paws and feet into a wintry Switzerland night, and begin to search for employment. The end result: ""Zirkus nur fur kinder und Poeten""-- ""a Circus for Children and Poets only"", in which the animals perform as they have always wanted to. The bold stylized illustrations, many in bright, basic colors, vary in quality; some are lively and effective while others seem heavy and unpleasing in design. A quite calm view of a ""Zirkus"" by the author of Mau: King of the Cats (1963, p.182, J-70).