ABOUT HOT PTERODACTYL BOYFRIEND:
But everything changes when the first-ever interspecies transfer student, a pterodactyl named Pyke, enrolls at her school. There’s something about him—something primal—that causes the students to lose control whenever he’s around. Even Sheils, the seemingly perfect self-confident girl that she is, can’t keep her mind off of him, despite her doting boyfriend and despite the fact that Pyke immediately starts dating Jocelyn, the school’s fastest runner who Sheils has always discounted as a nobody.
Pyke, hugely popular in a school whose motto is to embrace differences, is asked to join a band, and when his band plays at the Autumn Whirl dance, his preternatural shrieking music sends everyone into a literal frenzy. No one can remember what happened the next day, but Shiels learns that she danced far too long with Pyke, her nose has turned purple, and she may have done something with her boyfriend that she shouldn’t have. Who’s in control now?
Hilarious and relatable (despite the dinosaur), Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend is about a teen who must come to terms with not being in control of all things at all times, break free of her mundane life, discover who her true self is, and, oh, finding out that going primal isn’t always a bad thing.
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Top 5 Pterodactyl/Human romantic pairings (as chosen by the author):
“Pterodactyl” is the old-fashioned name for what is now commonly known as pterosaurs, flying reptiles from the dinosaur days. Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend posits a heartthrob pterodactyl coming to high school and disrupting the well-ordered love life of student body chair Shiels Krane, a highly-focused, A-type personality not known for taking wild risks. Here are some other intriguing pterosaur/human pairings. (For illustrations of these ancient beauties, please see freelance paleontologist Mark P. Witton’s quirky and informative volume PTEROSAURS):
Dimorphodon and Madonna: The Dimorphodons were among the earliest pterosaurs, fast runners, tenacious climbers, and innovative flyers. They also sported a range of teeth, evidence of an ability to adapt to the changing pop scene. Maybe in her next phase Madonna will get us all in touch with our lizard brains?
Hatzegopteryx and Taylor Swift: Known for height and wingspan, Hatzegopteryx might well catch the eye of pop giant Taylor Swift. Who wouldn’t want to fly to untold heights on the back of an elegant giraffe?
Anhangeura and Stephen Colbert: Colbert, who finished dead last in the Charleston to Bermuda sailing race, could do well to hook up with prodigious marine flyer Anhangeura, known for her narrow skull, broadening of the jaw, and impeccable sense of direction.
Tupandactylus imperator and Donald Trump: Stupendously large-crested, but not tall enough to overshadow The Donald, this showy creature would complement whatever headcovering the billionaire politician might want to display.
lan Cumyn is the author of twelve wide-ranging and often wildly different novels. A two-time winner of the Ottawa Book Award, he has also had work shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, the Giller Prize, and the Trillium Award. He teaches through the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a past Chair of The Writers’ Union of Canada. He lives in Ontario, Canada.
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