I had bought Tony DiTerlizzi's Kenny and the Dragon at my son's school's book fair last year. It is gorgeous. We have it at the library, in multiple forms, but I had only started to read it, and had listened to a bit of the beginning of the audio version read by the fabulous Alan Cumming. I wanted my own. It was both a bargain and a good cause, so there we are. I own one more fantastic, amazing book. Happy happy.
Kenny is a dreamer. He loves books, and doesn't really have any friends at school. His best friend is a retired knight (George) who owns the book shop in the village. One day Kenny's father, a farmer, bursts in to the kitchen and tells his wife and son that they must move, that he has seen a monster who will surely eat them and their livestock. Kenny can hardly believe that his father has seen what must surely be a dragon, something he has read all about in books. Curious, he sets out to see for himself. He meets Grahame. Grahame is about as different from the dragons Kenny has read about as he could be. He has no interest in eating anyone. He loves books, and poetry, and chess, just like Kenny. He acknowledges that his long gone relatives may have been of a violent persuasion, but explains that that is why they got themselves killed all those years ago. Grahame also loves good food, and Kenny's mother is a good cook. The Rabbit family are soon good friends of Grahame's, and he often joins them for dinner.