Ruth Helm recounts her way with ease and delight through a trying episode in the life of Chris, a displaced tiger. Discovered after five years' residence in Mr. Putterbee's disgracefully overgrown back garden, Chris just wants to make friends and live on in peace. So does Putterbee. But the city authorities have threatened a $50.00 fine if he doesn't clean up and an added $200.00 if there's a wild animal found on the property. Solutions, deliberated with the help of neighborhood children, number the fates of returning Chris to his old circus, keeping him hidden, etc.- and are solved by giving him to a convenient Uncle Horace who lives in the country and loves animals. Madeleine Gekiere's suggestive line drawings have a strong imaginative pull.