New York Times Bestseller
Best-selling author and 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. The best questions come from kids. 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 Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, Doughty blends her mortician’s knowledge of the body and the intriguing history behind common misconceptions about corpses to offer factual, hilarious, and candid answers to thirty-five distinctive questions posed by her youngest fans. In her inimitable voice, Doughty details lore and science of what happens to, and inside, our bodies after we die. Why do corpses groan? What causes bodies to turn colors during decomposition? And why do hair and nails appear longer after death? Readers will learn the best soil for mummifying your body, whether you can preserve your best friend’s skull as a keepsake, and what happens when you die on a plane.
Beautifully illustrated by Dianné Ruz, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? shows us that death is science and art, and only by asking questions can we begin to embrace it.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Caitlin Doughty is a mortician and the author of Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? as well as the New York Times best-selling books Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and From Here to Eternity. She is the creator of the “Ask a Mortician” web series and founder of The Order of the Good Death. She lives in Los Angeles, where she owns and runs a funeral home, Undertaking LA.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Educational, entertaining, fascinating, witty. One of my favorite books of 2019. Oh my! These little bundle of joys gave Caitlin something to write about that's quite clear. Reading this book made me think about how as adults we miss the creativeness gift we once had as children. The questions are definitely thought-provoking, interesting, and thoroughly sourced. The list of sources at the end of the book is surprisingly interesting. The illustrations are gorgeous, matching every question and yes the question to the books title is answered in the beginning. The format of the novel with the illustrations flows easily, and in my opinion should be in every school or at least every library. I think this book is for everyone because eventually we all die and need to learn how to accept the complications with it. Death's one of the most stressful aspects of life and Caitlin's novel helps ease every aspect by providing education, sympathy, and humor to the grief process. The pin of Caitlin is completely precious, I'm so proud to be a Deathling!