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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Ms. Lily and the Pterodactyl by Malcolm S Urquhart is a fairy tale, complete with a magical store that really isn’t a store because you can’t buy anything there, and prehistoric and fantastical creatures. This store even has an all-black sign that appears to sneer at anyone passing by. There is also Ms. Lily, the bird lady of Crescent Moon, who disappeared a hundred years ago, all because of mysterious events at the old cottage by the river and the incredible nest of birds that lived in her hair, of all places. Granted, it was a humongous nest of hair. Ms. Lily could even mimic the distinct calls of over fifty birds, which was no small feat, and the birds always came when she called.
Malcolm S Urquhart’s Ms. Lily and the Pterodactyl is a compassionate tale that broaches the difficult themes of grief and death, and love and reincarnation. Told mostly in the first-person narrative from the author’s point of view, the plot weaves a fantasy tale of a bird lady who disappears, strange bird-like creatures who nest in her hair, and bizarre events and locations that will have the reader engaged in the adventure. Ms. Lily and the Pterodactyl is interesting, has merit, and even has a little humor intertwined in the tale. This is a good read.