On three separate occasions Waiter's bicycle, his football, and then his wagon are left out overnight; and each time, Walter finds the toy broken in the morning. Friend Bernie explains the smashing as the work of a lion, a tiger, and an elephant, respectively, and he talks Walter into digging a trap for the animals and using his teddy bear as bait. Just as Bernie has predicted, all three animals emerge from the ""jungle"" around Waiter's house, fall in the hole, and agree to fix the broken toys if the little boys will pull them out. In thanks for the repairs Walter gives the animals some old toys. ""And to his friend Bernie he gave a pat on the back and a mug of warm cocoa."" With two barefoot tots performing the action, this is one of the tamer and simpler of McPhail's cute fantasies, more suited to the ""preschoolers' than the ""beginning readers"" of the publishers' designated audience.