Originally published in 1903 by G.W. Dillingham Co. of New York, Denslow's One Ring Circus is one of eighteen classic fairy tales, retold and illustrated by W.W. Denslow in his "Denslow's Picture Books" series. It was Denslow's intention to eliminate "all coarseness, cruelty, and everything that might frighten children" from his picture books. In One Ring Circus, little Peter Funnybone falls asleep in the hayloft and dreams of a wonderful and fantastic circus that arrives in his yard.
Denslow was one of the most famous illustrators of his day, best-known for his illustrations of Frank L. Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."