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  • Published: 15 April 2010
  • ISBN: 9781848530164
  • Imprint: Tamarind
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $12.99

Why Can't I Play


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A gentle, humorous look at children’s socialization and what it takes to make friends and become part of a group.

It's the summer holidays, and a new girl arrives at the park. She's mean and bossy. She boasts about her house, with its lake full of boy-eating crocodiles, its dungeon towers and worse hazards. When the new girl's mother hands out party invitations, the children are naturally not keen. Their parents think the party idea is lovely and they agree to take the children.

The new girl’s house does not have any horrible hazards, and the party is great fun. When it comes to blowing out the candles, the new girl makes a wish... that she could play with the children.

  • Pub date: 15 April 2010
  • ISBN: 9781848530164
  • Imprint: Tamarind
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $12.99

About the Authors

Elizabeth Hawkins

Elizabeth Hawkins is a prize winning children's author. She enjoys writing for both the very young and older children. Formerly a journalist, she began to explore children's literature and write books for children following the births of her three sons. She also teaches workshops in London on writing for children.

Brought up in the West Midlands, she now divides her life between London and Dorset.

Bill Bolton

Bill Bolton has been a freelance illustrator for over 16 years, working in the greeting card, advertising and children's publishing industries. He lives with his wife, two children and cat in an earth sheltered house and spends his weekends mowing the roof and tending the sheep!


Praise for Why Can't I Play

“A lovely story about friendship and sharing.”

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