I Can't Do What?: Strange Laws and Rules from Around the World
I Can't Do What?: Strange Laws and Rules from Around the World

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Publisher: Red Deer Press

Author Statement: Heather Camlot ; Illustrated by Mike Deas
Audience: Juvenile
Age range lower: 10
Age range upper: 14
Specs: 35 Illustrations
Pages: 112
Trim Size: 6" X 9" x 1/4"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20220908
Copyright Year: 2022
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I Can't Do What?: Strange Laws and Rules from Around the World

Did you know that you can't keep a goldfish in a round goldfish bowl in Rome? That you can't take a selfie while running with the bulls in Pamplona? That you can't climb a tree in a Toronto city park? This book is a look at some of the more curious rules and laws that have been created around the world over many years. Some of these rules and laws may make us laugh. Some may make us angry or frightened for the people they influence. All of these rules and laws will make us think. How did they come to be? How can they be changed?

With numerous sidebars presenting historical information, quizzes after each of the four sections, and ideas throughout for discussion and response activities, this is an active, well-researched illustrated book that shines a bright light on our world and its human workings.

The book unfolds in four sections, outlining:

  • "People Problems" (everyday life; family; animals; food; fashion)
  • "Sports Zone" (soccer; baseball; hockey; basketball; more sports)
  • "Entertainment" (books and media; television and film; music and dance; technology)
  • "Kid Concerns" (school; toys; outdoor fun).

This new book from acclaimed author Heather Camlot might just be the start of a young reader's passion for governance and social justice.


Heather Camlot is the acclaimed author of Clutch, The Other Side and What If Soldiers Fought With Pillows. She lives with her family in Toronto.

Mike Deas's love for illustrative storytelling comes from an early love of reading and drawing while growing up on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. Capilano College's Commercial Animation Program in Vancouver helped Mike fine-tune his drawing skills and imagination. Work as a concept artist, texture artist and art lead in the video game industry took Mike to England and California. Mike lives with his family on sunny Salt Spring Island, where he tries to follow the rules and color between the lines.

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