A spunky eleven-year-old boy in New Orleans with a housekeeper who feeds him oatmeal twice a day, a policeman father who's always on duty and ""two fists full of TNT,"" Marco Fennerty, Junior spends his free time delivering papers, doing homework and talking to Dad on the phone from his empty house until...""This afternoon, on my route, I happened to meet and make friends with a tiger."" When Tiger's owner leaves and Tiger is threatened by the authorities, Marco tries to ship him home and finally, after chase through town, manages to get him sanctuary at the zoo just before the police and the dogs close in. Lorence Bjorklund's drawings project the personalities of Marco and Tiger and the ambience of the story. A tremendously colorful boy's-eye view of New Orleans around Mardi Gras time and of the few adults who inhabit his world, exuberantly funny colloquial narrative and some well-placed silences create a fantasy with gusto. Somewhat short on style but the appeal extends to the most reluctant reader.