A fire-breathing dragon shows up at a village halfway to nowhere and the villagers--befriend it? Of course, if it's The Kind-Hearted Monster! Max Velhuijs's monster doesn't want to be attacked, and doesn't want to be a soldier, and he certainly doesn't want to sit in a cage while people stare at him. But he finds a way to fit in and be appreciated in this little village.
Velhuijs tells two stories in The Kind-Hearted Monster. The first introduces the monster to the village. In the second, word of the kind-hearted monster reaches a band of thieves, who decided to steal him and sell him. Not to be too much of a spoiler, but you should know that it doesn't work out too well for the thieves.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!