Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?

Big Questions From Tiny Mortals About Death

Book - 2019
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"Best-selling author and licensed mortician Caitlin Doughty answers real questions from kids about death, dead bodies, and decomposition. Every day, funeral director Caitlin Doughty receives dozens of questions about death. What would happen to an astronaut's body if it were pushed out of a space shuttle? Do people poop when they die? Can Grandma have a Viking funeral? In the tradition of Randall Munroe's What If?, Doughty's new book, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, blends her scientific understanding of the body and the intriguing history behind common misconceptions about corpses to offer factual, hilarious, and candid answers to thirty-five urgent questions posed by her youngest fans. Readers will learn what happens if you die on an airplane, the best soil for mummifying your dog, and whether or not you can preserve your friend's skull as a keepsake. Featuring illustrations from Dianne Ruz, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? will delight anyone interested in the fascinating truth about what will happen (to our bodies) after we die"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780393652703
Characteristics: xv, 222 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Ruz, Dianne


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ArapahoeMollie Sep 30, 2019

We often dismiss children's feelings about death, but this book of their questions about the process proves they think about it just as much as we do. Possibly more.

Sep 26, 2019

Caitlin Doughty is becoming known as the American expert on death - but in a fun way (no, that's not a oxymoron). She is a mortician, author, and advocate about death, funeral customs around the globe, and changing the way we think about all those subjects, and she does it with humor and respect. If you're not squeamish about the topic - or if you are but would like to work on that - I highly recommend all Ms. Doughty's books. "Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs" is her latest release, answering questions she's received from children about death. She doesn't talk down to her audience, though, so both kids and curious adults will enjoy this short book. It reminded me of Mary Roach's pop-science books, and it might be macabre to say about a book on death, but I was sorry to finish it and wished there was more.

PimaLib_SierraG Sep 23, 2019

Kids don't have the same societal filters that their parents do when it comes to asking questions and that's okay.

What this book does is answer all the death related questions that children might have that the adults in their lives might balk at with both child-friendly language and humor.

To be clear though, this isn't a book about helping children deal with their feelings about death or how to help children with grief. This book is entirely about the sort of blunt, practical curiosity that only children can get away with.

What happens to the pizza in my stomach after I die? Does your hair really keep growing after you die? All these questions and more answered scientifically and sensitively alongside pictures that are more 'spooky cute' than 'not the sort of pictures I want to be seeing with my curious kiddo at seven at night as we are getting ready for bed'.

I highly recommend this book for curious kids of all ages.

IndyPL_MarianneK Jun 19, 2019

Though this is intended for the younger crowd, it will definitely be enjoyed by all. Caitlin uses her humor, smarts, and experience to answer all of those questions you're "too old" to ask. All of the questions asked were sent from kids, and the answers are straight forward, but not boring at all. She does a great job at making death's squicky bits relatable and approachable.

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