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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. 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 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. 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.


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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. 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 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. 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.

30 review for Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death

  1. 5 out of 5

    Petra-XoPlanet

    Instapot Corpse Disposal: Recipe for cooking a corpse An alternative to cremation (not a tasty dish for cannibals). First, put the body into a very large instapot (euphemistically called a 'pressurised stainless steel cremation chamber'. cover with water and alkali. Heat to 350°F and raise the pressure. 'Cook' for 4 to 6 hours. Finish by draining off the greenish-brownish liquid of amino acids, peptides, sugars and salts, (don't drink this soup, it's not edible and not because it has too much sugar and salt Instapot Corpse Disposal: Recipe for cooking a corpse An alternative to cremation (not a tasty dish for cannibals). First, put the body into a very large instapot (euphemistically called a 'pressurised stainless steel cremation chamber'. cover with water and alkali. Heat to 350°F and raise the pressure. 'Cook' for 4 to 6 hours. Finish by draining off the greenish-brownish liquid of amino acids, peptides, sugars and salts, (don't drink this soup, it's not edible and not because it has too much sugar and salt) what you have left are soft bones ready for hand-crushing. This is a more refined method than one of the traditional ways murderers attempt to cover up their crime - put the body in a barrel with a lot of lye. I'm still going for burial at sea. The book is based on questions guaranteed to have been genuinely put by children. Not little kindergarteners though, more like teenagers who (like us) read books and think up sensible questions. It's very readable, very short, very informative and very enjoyable. Four 'verys', four stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tucker

    after giving it much thought, i think that yes... cats would eat eyeballs. ********* i love this title. it makes me laugh

  3. 4 out of 5

    Olive

    Check out my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/ZBDA4V2qIAE AND the below review originally appeared on Open Letters Review. Speaking to children about difficult topics is never easy, but the concerns are often comfortingly stereotypical. Perhaps the kids are old enough to discuss the birds and the bees or they’ve joined a sketchy peer group that demands a stern talk about drug or alcohol abuse. But sitting them down to talk about death? A talk centered on the most uncomfortable reality of all might end up being Check out my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/ZBDA4V2qIAE AND the below review originally appeared on Open Letters Review. Speaking to children about difficult topics is never easy, but the concerns are often comfortingly stereotypical. Perhaps the kids are old enough to discuss the birds and the bees or they’ve joined a sketchy peer group that demands a stern talk about drug or alcohol abuse. But sitting them down to talk about death? A talk centered on the most uncomfortable reality of all might end up being tougher than anything featured on the Dr. Phil show. That’s because, in the Western world, it may be the one concept that’s far more challenging for the adults in the room to face than it will be for the children. But, as demonstrated in Caitlin Doughty’s new nonfiction book, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death, that doesn’t mean that kids don’t have an interest in the topic. In fact, they have more than a few questions about it! Caitlin Doughty, a trained mortician and funeral home director, has brought her death-acceptance message to multiple platforms. On her popular YouTube channel, Ask A Mortician, she takes on topics of historical death practices, funeral home insider secrets, and further mayhem within the macabre. She helps to host a podcast called Death in the Afternoon, on which she discusses similar death-centric topics with her co-hosts, two employees of the Order of the Good Death organization Doughty founded to promote healthy conversations about death. She has also written two previous books: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, a memoir of the birth of her interest in dark-leaning subjects through her beginning experiences working in the death industry and her most recent, From Here to Eternity, a mixture of travel writing and cultural observation as Doughty ventures internationally to witness and/or participate in various death rituals. In her previous works, Doughty first aimed to help her readership understand her critical view on the Western attitude toward death and went on to show how her ideas are actually regressive rather than progressive. Death used to be much more of a reality in daily life and therefore much easier to discuss and confront. Though advances in healthcare have extended the human lifespan in incredible ways, our new distance from death has turned it into a cultural taboo. This has allowed the death industry to wrangle a firm chokehold on our wallets as our modern cultural instincts instruct us to take as many steps backward from the idea as possible. Though it may be agonizing to accept, death is indeed the final frontier for any human. Doughty thinks the best way to come to terms with this fact is to regularly discuss and seek understanding about death. In this new book, one can feel Doughy laying the groundwork for achieving her goal of a death-accepting Western culture by using the same guiding principle leaned on by marketing teams for every sugary cereal brand out there: start them young! Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? is structured in a question/answer format. The question are pulled from or inspired by real questions Doughty has been asked while on the road, the majority of which have been posed by the titular tiny mortals. In true kid fashion, they range from the silly (what would happen if you swallowed a bag of popcorn before you died and were cremated?), to the bizarre (can I preserve my dead body in amber like a prehistoric insect?), to the entirely reasonable (what would happen if you died on a plane?). Her answers pull from her own personal experience working with corpses, historical events, and myth-busting science facts. And while she sets out to deliver factual responses to these inquiries, it certainly doesn’t stop her from joining in on the fun. Her tone is surprisingly lighthearted and packed with all the dry wit readers have come to expect from Doughty: Back in the Middle Ages, people used to be buried right outside (and even inside) churches - lots and lots of people. The human remains were supposed to have been moved away from one particular thirteenth-century English church back in the 1970s. But it turns out they weren’t all moved. We discovered this because badgers invaded and started digging dens and networks of tunnels down through the ancient bones, sending pelvises and femurs flying to the surface. Someone should stop those badgers! Whoops, they can’t. In England it’s illegal to kill those furry creatures, or even move their dens. Thanks to the Protection of Badgers Act (yes, that’s real!), we’re looking at six months in prison and huge fines even for attempted badger assault. Workers at the church have to pick up the bones, say a prayer, and bury them back in the ground. The lesson here is that even if you make it almost a thousand years in the grave, you never know when you’ll be uprooted by a lawless badger. It’s precisely this willingness to lean into the jovial worldview of a child that makes this book so successful. While some will see her tone as irreverent, perhaps us stuffy adults need to, once again, relish in the ick factor and allow death to become as much as an everyday talking point as it is an everyday occurrence. In this way, children are the ideal ground zero for Doughty to promote her death-positivity agenda. Since the Western cultural thumb hasn’t yet flattened their interest in the topic and rolled it into cold, hard fear, kids are far more likely to ask some of these questions that initially sound kooky, but with further thought, slowly morph into totally rational curiosities. The type of unknowns that will nag at one’s psyche if left unanswered. Do bodies decaying underground affect the taste of the groundwater in the area? Read the question and you’ll be dying to know the answer.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Holstrom

    Caitlin Doughty rules. She takes a scary topic like death and makes it feel normal. Because it is normal. We’re all gonna die, y’all, and there’s nothing we can do about it. While this book is influenced by questions from children, I wouldn’t say it’s a great book for kiddos to read unless they’re mature enough to think about decomposing bodies. But hey, maybe that’s the point. Normalize it! Her answers to these questions (“If I die making a funny face, will it stay like that?” and “can I be bur Caitlin Doughty rules. She takes a scary topic like death and makes it feel normal. Because it is normal. We’re all gonna die, y’all, and there’s nothing we can do about it. While this book is influenced by questions from children, I wouldn’t say it’s a great book for kiddos to read unless they’re mature enough to think about decomposing bodies. But hey, maybe that’s the point. Normalize it! Her answers to these questions (“If I die making a funny face, will it stay like that?” and “can I be buried with my dog?”) are smart and full of science and history. And humor. It’s a delight to read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    Those who have read Caitlin Doughty's previous books know her talent for taking the usually bleak and depressing subject of death and turning it into something entertaining.   A bit on the gross side perhaps, but entertaining nonetheless.  In Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, Ms. Doughty answers several questions about death, dying, and dead bodies asked of her by children.  They are things that many of you may have wondered too, at least when you were children and before you learned that death is a taboo sub Those who have read Caitlin Doughty's previous books know her talent for taking the usually bleak and depressing subject of death and turning it into something entertaining.   A bit on the gross side perhaps, but entertaining nonetheless.  In Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, Ms. Doughty answers several questions about death, dying, and dead bodies asked of her by children.  They are things that many of you may have wondered too, at least when you were children and before you learned that death is a taboo subject and also something to be avoided at all costs.  And yet, it cannot be avoided.  At any cost.  Unless you know something every single one of your fellow human beings don't know, you are going to eventually end up ashes or worm food or pumped full of embalming fluid.  You are not going to get to enjoy your precious body for all eternity, it just doesn't work like that.  No matter who you are or how rich you might be, no amount of money will buy you eternal life.  Perhaps at some point in the future scientists will figure out how to upload our memories into machines and thus grant us immortality, but as of now, sorry, no can do.  You're gonna croak. I'm sorry to be the bearer of such bad news, but really, it's always better to face the facts.  So now that you know the truth of your limited existence, you might be wondering what exactly will happen to your body when it's no longer living and breathing and eating and shitting.  Some questions you might have that Ms. Doughty thoughtfully answers are: •Why do we turn colours when we die? •Will my hair and nails keep growing in the coffin? •If I die making a funny face, will it be stuck like that forever? •What will I smell like and how long until I start stinking? •Can I have my body preserved in amber like a prehistoric insect? •What would happen if I swallow a bag of popcorn before I die and am cremated?   And of course, the eponymous question that we're all wondering: •Will my cat indeed eat my eyeballs???   The answer is, he might.  (It's not a spoiler because it's answered in the first chapter.)  In case you're thinking it would then be better to adopt a dog rather than take the chance this adorable kitten might grow up to be an eye-munching connoisseur of human flesh.... better think again because that adorable puppy is gonna do the same if left alone without food for too long.  Sorry folks, but they gotta eat.  If you don't want to become pet food, please arrange to have someone find your body soon after you die -- or always leave out a lifetime supply of food for your furry babies.   However, if you do want to become pet food, well.....  I think it would be kinder to find someone willing to break the law who will dump your body at sea rather than have your beloved pet locked up with your decomposing body and little else.  Please don't do that to Fluffy or Fido.     (Note: For the answers to the rest of the questions and more, you'll need to pick up this fun, funny, and interesting book for yourself. You won't be disappointed!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    3.75 stars First off, full confession: A Book Olive did not personally recommend this book to me. I watched her youtube video about this book and I consider it a recommendation because I never would have read this book otherwise. I also like to give credit where credit is due. So, thank you, Olive! You can watch her review here This book is by a mortician who likes to talk about death. She got lots of interesting questions from kids and decided to tackle them all in this book. Starting with “will my 3.75 stars First off, full confession: A Book Olive did not personally recommend this book to me. I watched her youtube video about this book and I consider it a recommendation because I never would have read this book otherwise. I also like to give credit where credit is due. So, thank you, Olive! You can watch her review here This book is by a mortician who likes to talk about death. She got lots of interesting questions from kids and decided to tackle them all in this book. Starting with “will my cat eat my eyeballs” and including ones like “can we give grandma a Viking funeral?” and “what would happen if you swallowed a bag of popcorn before you died and were cremated?”. The thing I liked most about this book is that while some of these questions seem plain ridiculous, the author answers them honestly and authentically. The author intersperses her humor in every answer, but the responses are genuine and she relies on science and history to answer the questions and make her point. As many of you know I am a children’s librarian. While reading this, I could actually see one of my kids visiting the library asking me or one of their parents some of these questions, and I am pretty darn glad I know the answers now. I probably will be advocating for this book to go into the parenting collection because I can see it really helping parents answer a lot of these very hard questions. Totally worth reading and I am very glad I left my fiction comfort zone and gave this nonfiction book a whirl. No regrets! Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥

  7. 4 out of 5

    Suvi

    October 5, 2019 Um, I didn't expect to get this many likes before I even have the book in my hands, so I thought I'd update everyone: I pre-ordered the book, which of course means I get a signed copy and a pin of Caitlin's face. I haven't picked them up from the post office yet, but thanks Caitlin for being you! - - - April 5, 2019 All hail the mother of all deathlings. I know, I know, I still haven't read her previous books. Better get to it soon! (And no, I would have no problem with my/>April October 5, 2019 Um, I didn't expect to get this many likes before I even have the book in my hands, so I thought I'd update everyone: I pre-ordered the book, which of course means I get a signed copy and a pin of Caitlin's face. I haven't picked them up from the post office yet, but thanks Caitlin for being you! - - - April 5, 2019 All hail the mother of all deathlings. I know, I know, I still haven't read her previous books. Better get to it soon! (And no, I would have no problem with my [still imaginary] cat eating my eyeballs if I had died alone in my apartment and she was starving.)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This is the third book by the millennial mortician, and I’ve taken perverse glee in reading them all. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes explains cremation and combats misconceptions about death; From Here to Eternity surveys death rituals from around the world. This new book seems to be aimed at (morbid) children, but for me it was more like one of those New Scientist books (Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze?) or Why Do Men Have Nipples? Some of the questions are more serious than others, but with her usual punning wit and pop culture refe(Why This is the third book by the millennial mortician, and I’ve taken perverse glee in reading them all. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes explains cremation and combats misconceptions about death; From Here to Eternity surveys death rituals from around the world. This new book seems to be aimed at (morbid) children, but for me it was more like one of those New Scientist books (Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze?) or Why Do Men Have Nipples? Some of the questions are more serious than others, but with her usual punning wit and pop culture references Doughty gives biologically sound answers to them all. For instance, she explains what might happen to a corpse in space, why the hair and fingernails of a cadaver appear to keep growing, and why the quantity of ashes from a cremation is about the same no matter the dead person’s girth (all the fat burns away; what would make your ashes weigh more is being taller and thus having longer bones). I was most interested in the chapter on why conjoined twins generally die at roughly the same time. Doughty also discusses laws relating to the dead, such as “abuse of corpse” regulations and whether or not deaths at a property have to be reported to potential buyers (it depends on what state or country you live in); and what happens in countries that are literally running out of space for burials. In highly population-dense places like Singapore, but also in countries such as Germany, one is considered to ‘rent’ grave space, which is then recycled after 15 years and the previous set of remains cremated. Or graves might get stacked vertically. This is good fun, and features lots of cartoonishly gruesome black-and-white illustrations by Dianné Ruz. If you’ve got a particularly curious niece or nephew who might appreciate a dark sense of humor, this would make a good Christmas gift for one who is an older child or young teen. Originally published on my blog, Bookish Beck.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ross Blocher

    Caitlin Doughty is a mortician who runs a funeral home in Los Angeles, founded the Order of the Good Death, and hosts the Ask A Mortician channel on YouTube. She's also the author of three books, and now one of my must-read authors. In Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, Doughty answers this and many other questions she has been asked, specifically by children. There are 34 questions total, including "Can I keep my parents' skull after they die?", "Can we give grandma a Viking funeral?" and "What happens when a cemetery is fu Caitlin Doughty is a mortician who runs a funeral home in Los Angeles, founded the Order of the Good Death, and hosts the Ask A Mortician channel on YouTube. She's also the author of three books, and now one of my must-read authors. In Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, Doughty answers this and many other questions she has been asked, specifically by children. There are 34 questions total, including "Can I keep my parents' skull after they die?", "Can we give grandma a Viking funeral?" and "What happens when a cemetery is full of bodies and you can't add any more?" Each answer is equal parts informative, honest, and HILARIOUS. Doughty deftly navigates the tightrope between a healthy, reflective outlook on death and a great sense of humor, regularly grounding the discussion and explaining why certain practices and laws exist around death and human remains. She's open and unsqueamish about the tools of her trade, giving us an inside look at the mortician's daily routine, but also consults with other experts where necessary. She debunks a lot of bad information and unjustified fears surrounding bodies, but also explains where those ideas come from while replacing them with better information. This is the kind of book that makes you want to share tidbits you just learned with anyone standing nearby. It's a highly entertaining, quick read and a needed contribution to our societal conversation about death. The illustrations rock, too.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bark

    Ahhhh! Would you look at this? WOULD YOU LOOK AT THIS?! I must have it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    The Captain

    Ahoy there mateys! Kids ask the strangest things. I first read this author’s book, smoke gets in your eyes, and loved it. So of course I had to read this one too. In this the author answers children’s questions about death including the question that is the title. I read most of the book out loud to the First Mate. There were just too many cool facts not to. My two favourite chapters were “What would happen to an astronaut body in space?” and “Can we give Grandma a Viking funeral?” The basic ans Ahoy there mateys! Kids ask the strangest things. I first read this author’s book, smoke gets in your eyes, and loved it. So of course I had to read this one too. In this the author answers children’s questions about death including the question that is the title. I read most of the book out loud to the First Mate. There were just too many cool facts not to. My two favourite chapters were “What would happen to an astronaut body in space?” and “Can we give Grandma a Viking funeral?” The basic answer to the first question is that sci-fi books tend to get it wrong. And the second question is that the flaming floating boat is a Hollywood trick. The First Mate’s favourite was “Why don’t animals dig up all the graves?” Reasons. I love this book because it be funny, answers concisely and clearly about even the hypotheticals, and really does any excellent job explaining the whys and laws involved. The chapters be short but the book is a blast. Society should be able to discuss death instead of it being taboo. Arrr! Check out me other reviews at https://thecaptainsquartersblog.wordp...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Fetters

    "What would happen if you died on a plane? The flight attendant would open the plane’s emergency door and toss your body out, attached to a parachute. Before you head out the door, they’d place a little card in your pocket that lists your name and address and says, don’t worry I’m already dead." People, especially kids have this weird obsession with learning about the dead and the afterlife. I know that I do! And our favorite Aunt, Caitlin is here to answer all those questions and more. C "What would happen if you died on a plane? The flight attendant would open the plane’s emergency door and toss your body out, attached to a parachute. Before you head out the door, they’d place a little card in your pocket that lists your name and address and says, don’t worry I’m already dead." People, especially kids have this weird obsession with learning about the dead and the afterlife. I know that I do! And our favorite Aunt, Caitlin is here to answer all those questions and more. Caitlin takes the hilarious approach on answering these morbid questions thrown at her by children. You're having so much fun reading her responses that you don't even realize that you're learning so much. If the fantastic title and cover won't win you over, the writing inside will definitely change your mind. This was interesting, wacky, and eye-opening. Caitlin has never steered us wrong... yet!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    Another amazing book by Caitlin Doughty, this time in Q&A format, answering your weirdest questions that we all want to know the answers to! Caitlin is an amazing person who always makes me laugh and feel grossed out at the same time! Although, the more I read about death and the dying process, the less grossed out I feel, which is a plus (I think). I have read Doughty’s previous novels and especially loved "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" ever since I read it in full at Barnes and Noble one day, t Another amazing book by Caitlin Doughty, this time in Q&A format, answering your weirdest questions that we all want to know the answers to! Caitlin is an amazing person who always makes me laugh and feel grossed out at the same time! Although, the more I read about death and the dying process, the less grossed out I feel, which is a plus (I think). I have read Doughty’s previous novels and especially loved "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" ever since I read it in full at Barnes and Noble one day, then went back a year later and bought it! Caitlin Doughty has a wonderful way of educating you about all these macabre topics but making it entertaining while ALSO keeping the conversation respectful towards individual beliefs and the dead themselves. And the artwork by Dianné Ruz was absolutely beautiful, matching the book perfectly. I simply devoured this book in a day and I would recommend this to anyone with a morbid interest or even a simple curiosity in what happens when/after we die. Thank you so much to W. W. Norton & Company for the free advanced copy in exchange for an honest review! “Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?” is published on 9/10/19 and you will NOT want to miss it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    Look. I've already pre-ordered this. I need it in my life badly. I don't think my local bookstore gets a lot of pre-orders, even though I pre-order several books per year, because the clerk, with whom I've spoken about pre-orders before, kept letting me know that this book won't be out until mid-September. I assured her I was well aware, that's why I am PRE-ordering it. She made note of my knowledge. So, anyway... Remember when Caitlin requeste Look. I've already pre-ordered this. I need it in my life badly. I don't think my local bookstore gets a lot of pre-orders, even though I pre-order several books per year, because the clerk, with whom I've spoken about pre-orders before, kept letting me know that this book won't be out until mid-September. I assured her I was well aware, that's why I am PRE-ordering it. She made note of my knowledge. So, anyway... Remember when Caitlin requested children? This is the result of that request. And now: The review! I'm a tad bitter that Caitlin is so much younger than I am because I blame her for not being born in time to get this book out when I was a kid. Do you know how much I would have freaking LOVED this? I mean, I liked it quite well as an adult but it was mostly just a fun read. Had I read this between the ages of 9-13, it would have become my holy bible. Everything I learned about death in childhood came from the high mortality rate of animals around me and my family. Also because of bodies found in the woods in areas we'd recently visited, making us look like a serial killer family although we weren't. Because had we been, I wouldn't have needed to know so many things about death. Similarly, had this book been available to me at that time, I wouldn't have needed to know so many things about death. At any rate, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs offers lighthearted, conversational answers to some very important questions, such as: Can I fill my belly with popcorn kernels right before I die in order to blow up the incinerator when I'm cremated? and Will I poop when I die? Knowing the answers to these questions can help take the alienness out of death, giving our demises back to us. Caitlin writes in her sassy tone that is also compassionate and nonchalant because there are no shocking questions about death for this woman. If you have a child who is freaked out over the thought of death and dying, gift this book to the tyke. Each chapter has lovely illustrations (the cremation illustration is my favorite, though I found most of them quite charming) that make death look like a friend, not a scary enemy.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maree

    This honest, quirky little book reminded me very much of Mary Roach’s Stiff, written for a YA or advanced middle grade audience. Most kids are intensely curious, especially about taboo topics having to do with our bodies. Caitlin Doughty answers real questions from children about death with her trademark humor and straightforwardness, using them to demystify one of the most intimidating topics for parents and teachers to tackle. She doesn’t rely on euphemisms to discuss some of the squickiest de This honest, quirky little book reminded me very much of Mary Roach’s Stiff, written for a YA or advanced middle grade audience. Most kids are intensely curious, especially about taboo topics having to do with our bodies. Caitlin Doughty answers real questions from children about death with her trademark humor and straightforwardness, using them to demystify one of the most intimidating topics for parents and teachers to tackle. She doesn’t rely on euphemisms to discuss some of the squickiest details of our current and historical handling of dead bodies, but she also manages to write with respect for the personhood of a body and for various cultural traditions. As a librarian, I appreciated her thorough bibliography for each chapter. As a parent, I considered the ways we avoid talking about death with our kids, and how honest, factual conversations can make it feel less scary. I think this book fills a knowledge gap that some kids will really appreciate.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katra

    What an incredibly delightful, if creepy, read! It's true that you can never predict what children will say, or in this case, ask; and those bizarre questions have led to a book that it both educational and chortling good. While I am disappointed that a flaming Viking ship is not in my funereal future, I'm somewhat relieved that my Gracie will probably nibble my lips away before going for my eyes. I'm not sure why that makes me feel better, but it does. Caitlin Doughty could go on indefinitely a What an incredibly delightful, if creepy, read! It's true that you can never predict what children will say, or in this case, ask; and those bizarre questions have led to a book that it both educational and chortling good. While I am disappointed that a flaming Viking ship is not in my funereal future, I'm somewhat relieved that my Gracie will probably nibble my lips away before going for my eyes. I'm not sure why that makes me feel better, but it does. Caitlin Doughty could go on indefinitely about a host of normally repulsive topics, and I would eat it all up. It should be added that Diane Ruiz's somewhat ghoulish artwork add greatly to the macabre merriment. I offer a challenge: Pick up this book and read a paragraph. I'm betting that you won't put it down until you regretfully run out of pages. Thanks to W. W. Norton & Company and NetGalley for making an advance copy available for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mila

    This was such a fun ride! Just like in the previous two books by Caitlin Doughty, the writing is hilarious and insightful at the same time, her style is very distinct and I love it. And even though this novel is directed towards a younger audience and obviously answers their questions, it's still a great read for adults as well. Overall, I'd really recommend checking out either this book or Caitlin's previous novels and don't forget about her YouTube channel! She's brilliant at what she does.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Anything that supports tackling the hard issues with young ones gets my approval. Well written, with a sense of cheek throughout, and insightful, Doughty does it again.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Another 5 star book from Doughty! I just recently finished “Smoke Gets in your Eyes” and loved that as much if not more than this one. Highly recommend both of these books! I am so sad that I only have one book left to read by her, at least I feel special because it’s an ARC. I think that’s why I’ve been cherishing it to read last! She is one author that I’d really like to meet in person! Come visit the East Coast Caitlin....pretty please! So....for this year’s #spookathon I challenge Another 5 star book from Doughty! I just recently finished “Smoke Gets in your Eyes” and loved that as much if not more than this one. Highly recommend both of these books! I am so sad that I only have one book left to read by her, at least I feel special because it’s an ARC. I think that’s why I’ve been cherishing it to read last! She is one author that I’d really like to meet in person! Come visit the East Coast Caitlin....pretty please! So....for this year’s #spookathon I challenged myself to read something out of my comfort zone ( ahem—-cats eating eyeballs, confronting death head on, middle grade—- definitely NOT my norm but nonetheless here we are.) In “Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs” we find out that the answer is yes, it’s a very real possibility that your pets will eat you if they are hungry enough, as well as many other answers to questions from children, yes children, that I, a 30 year-old adult never knew that I had. This book truly had me wondering the ENTIRE time if these kids were really that much smarter than I am. Caitlin discusses that, “Young people are often more perceptive than the adults. They weren’t shy about guts and gore.” I also realized that Caitlin always states in her books that we-as humans- have a HUGE problem when it comes to discussing death; we avoid it at all costs. “Most people in our culture are death illiterate, which makes them even more afraid.” I concur, the unknown is horrifying. There was a lot of information in this book that I didn’t know, that I now feel that I NEEDED to know ( and also some really bizarre things that I could’ve passed on—but hey out of the mouth of babes, right? ). So I thank you, creepy little children for asking these questions. I consider myself to be fairly knowledgable about the world of death, having lost so many close loved ones and trying to cope with the grief, but here is some new information that I learned and would like to express my thoughts on: (Most of these you will not know what I’m talking about, which is the point in me being brief, you should read the book!) 1. As far as the “waiting mortuary”....I’ll let you read about this one yourself. All I have to say is hell- -to -the -no! 2. The Viking funeral- Who is this child? I’m concerned for his well-being. 3. The popcorn meme- I admit I searched for it, but I couldn’t find it. But, seriously who has time to think about these things? Very troubling! 4. Realtors- I definitely thought that they all were legally obligated to tell you about murders. Creepy. Out come those trust issues! 5. Plastification- Wait, what???? I wanna see. I’m going to Body Worlds ASAP. 6. “How does a whole adult fit in a tiny box after cremation?” I know how the cremation process works, but I must admit to you that this is the most shocking and gut-wrenching moment for myself as well as many others that I know. You can TRY to prepare yourself for this, but carrying your loved one in your hands at about 5-8 lbs is truly a smack in your face. A huge dose of reality, that person is long gone. 7. October 2nd aka “Old Mans Day” is now one of my new favorite holidays! I can’t believe that I just missed it! 8. Never have I ever, in probably 50 or More flights, have I considered someone dying on a plane ( of natural causes—that is). “...But with 8 million people flying every day, it is almost inevitable that someone will die from heart problems, lung problems, or other ailments related to old age.” Perfect, thank you for that image and also giving me a new fear. That 1 in a million statistic of dying in a plane crash now seems beautiful and quite preferable to me that sitting next to a strangers corpse all buckled in for who knows how long. 9. “The idea that a body can be dissolved in water drives some people wild with fear—especially when they find out that the water used in the process, which is not dangerous in any way, is sent into the sewage system.” Wait.....what? Yes I’m freaking out too, it’s a good thing that I drink bottled water. If there’s something wrong with spring water, please don’t tell me. Hah. 10. The fact that they charge more for caskets for larger people should be ”sizism.” That should really be a thing. I can’t stand when I get charged $3 more for a larger sized bra at Victoria’s Secret, but do they care? No. I know there is more material and labor involved in both circumstances but unless you somehow purposely made yourself grow a few inches or enhanced your chest, I think that it’s personally not fair. 11. Donating blood when you’re dead? Fascinating! Due to my immune system ( or lack thereof) no one would even want my blood when I’m alive! 12. The “leasing” system and not having enough room for all of the dead—“Once grandma has had her time to decompose, her bones need to step aside for a whole new generation of rotting corpses.” Stacking people —-Prayer level, heart level, sky level, no thank you! I’ll just be cremated. Last but certainly not least, here are some topics that never crossed my mind. What happens when the ground is too frozen to bury someone? What if you wanted your pet to be buried with you? Did mummys stink? Read to find out! 5 stars!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kaethe Douglas

    This has such a perfect cat on the cover. It's all perfect, really. The art features a girl and a skeleton, minimalist, just a tad creepy, but also adorable. Which is pretty much the same as the text. It's fascinating what questions kids ask, and Doughty is clear and accurate in a casual, slightly snarky tone. The answers are age-appropriate for even quite young children because there's nothing scary: it's all the debunking of scary, really. Really entertaining and clever. Now I'm eager to read This has such a perfect cat on the cover. It's all perfect, really. The art features a girl and a skeleton, minimalist, just a tad creepy, but also adorable. Which is pretty much the same as the text. It's fascinating what questions kids ask, and Doughty is clear and accurate in a casual, slightly snarky tone. The answers are age-appropriate for even quite young children because there's nothing scary: it's all the debunking of scary, really. Really entertaining and clever. Now I'm eager to read her other books. Library copy

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Sanders

    This is what drew me to the author in the first place- my late night morbid curiosity, in bed scrolling through Q&A style threads on my phone. That is how this book is set up. Super fun to read, and info from her previous books was peppered in throughout. I think all of my morbid curiosities have been covered!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Scottsdale Public Library

    I brought “Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?” on a recent flight. Apparently, the title caught my seatmate’s attention and I discovered he was reading over my shoulder when he laughed out loud and admitted he couldn’t resist. I believe the title also deterred potential seatmates in danger of over-crowding me. If you are not yet familiar with Caitlin Doughty, she is a mortician, founder of the Order of Good Death, and author of several books, including the fascinating, “From Here to Eternity: Travelin I brought “Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?” on a recent flight. Apparently, the title caught my seatmate’s attention and I discovered he was reading over my shoulder when he laughed out loud and admitted he couldn’t resist. I believe the title also deterred potential seatmates in danger of over-crowding me. If you are not yet familiar with Caitlin Doughty, she is a mortician, founder of the Order of Good Death, and author of several books, including the fascinating, “From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death.” Caitlin has been asked many, many questions about death over the years by children and has compiled and answered them in her new book. She takes a humorous and matter of fact approach to educating people of all ages about death. This book is for any age if you have ever been curious about the death process and have not wanted to ask. Also, Dianne Ruz’s illustrations could not be more perfect, delightfully dark, yet whimsical. -Lisanne E.

  23. 5 out of 5

    britt_brooke

    Caitlin Doughty once again schools us on the taboo. Children ask weird, but often poignant, questions, so the clever premise of addressing kids’ questions about death led to some incredibly interesting, sometimes macabre, information. And dare I say this is one of the funniest books I’ve read all year? Dark and morbid humor works for me. The cool illustrations are a charming bonus. One of my top reads of the year for sure!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Paperclippe

    Caitlin's back! Back again! Caitlin's back! Tell a friend! Death enthusiast Caitlin Doughty has come out with another wonderful volume of weird things you (I) always wanted to know about death, and it's just as funny and honest and weird as her other books have been. This time she's taken the moniker of her YouTube channel - AskAMortician - literally. "Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs" is, as the subtitle rightly states, a question and answer-style book filled with queries kids have put to Caitlin's back! Back again! Caitlin's back! Tell a friend! Death enthusiast Caitlin Doughty has come out with another wonderful volume of weird things you (I) always wanted to know about death, and it's just as funny and honest and weird as her other books have been. This time she's taken the moniker of her YouTube channel - AskAMortician - literally. "Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs" is, as the subtitle rightly states, a question and answer-style book filled with queries kids have put to Caitlin about what happens after we die. Kids are weird, is what I learned, and they ask the best questions. If you've watched the AskAMortician channel, most of the information in the book won't be new to you, but that's okay, because it's written so conversationally (and is so funny - the only highlights I made in the text were when I laughed to myself while laying in a dark living room, as seemed appropriate) that I didn't mind hearing it all over again. And it's definitely written in a way that kids would understand it, but I, a human adult who turns 31 next week, enjoyed it deeply, too. The illustrations in this book are also gorgeous. The tiny caricatures of Caitlin and personified Death were so cute I want to get them as prints to hang up on my walls. Don't think I won't. If you're a fan of Doughty's YouTube channel or enjoyed her other books, here's another one for you. It's short and sweet and certain to entertain the Deathling in all of us.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I just love Caitlin Doughty - She's like the Bill Nye the Science Guy of death. Caitlin the Death Gal. I highly recommend reading Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory before this one so that you can both get a sense of Caitlin's journey through (and amazing views about) death and so you can get a sense of her brilliant humor. In a nutshell, Doughty's experience as a crematory operator, student of mortuary science, and now the director of her own funeral home has taught her that w I just love Caitlin Doughty - She's like the Bill Nye the Science Guy of death. Caitlin the Death Gal. I highly recommend reading Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory before this one so that you can both get a sense of Caitlin's journey through (and amazing views about) death and so you can get a sense of her brilliant humor. In a nutshell, Doughty's experience as a crematory operator, student of mortuary science, and now the director of her own funeral home has taught her that we Americans are way too squeamish about death. So much so that the "death industry" makes a killing (ha ha, no pun intended) on taking advantage of how much we do not want to know or be a part of the death of our loved ones. But death is a natural part of life. When you look at past cultures and societies, there is an absolutely rich history of ceremonies, rituals, and traditions around death, customs that respect and honor the dead. So, in her quest to teach the American public about death, Doughty turned to the members of our society who are most fascinated and least shy about asking the tough and big questions about dying: children. Each chapter of this book has a question that a real ("organic, free-range") child asked, covering diverse topics such as: • What happens when you die on a plane? • Can I keep my parents' skulls after they die? • What does a dead body smell like? • What happens if you die in space? • What if they bury you when you're not really dead, you're just in a coma? • We eat dead chickens, so why don't we eat dead humans? and of course • After I die, will my cat eat my eyeballs? Doughty doesn't treat any of these questions as stupid or silly. She answers them with a sense of humor, lots of science, and a good dose of anthropology. She covers everything from beetles that carefully eat dead flesh, the bacterial reactions that happen in our bodies after death, liver mortis/rigor mortis/odor mortis, abuse of corpse laws, and various practices around death spanning time and cultures. This is a great, short, funny, and informative book that's an easy read or a quick listen (only a 4.5 hour audiobook!). Highly recommend.

  26. 5 out of 5

    TheYALibrarian

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Rating 3.5 Stars I will start off by saying that I wish there were more Caitlins out there. Yes there is more morticians than we can count but I mean more morticians that are okay with talking about the grim, usually nasty parts of death that most of us will not come across. If you are not in that field you will most likely only see the waxy, embalmed corpse of your grandmother in a casket and not what she looked like before she was made up. So, that being said, Caitlin does a great job illu Rating 3.5 Stars I will start off by saying that I wish there were more Caitlins out there. Yes there is more morticians than we can count but I mean more morticians that are okay with talking about the grim, usually nasty parts of death that most of us will not come across. If you are not in that field you will most likely only see the waxy, embalmed corpse of your grandmother in a casket and not what she looked like before she was made up. So, that being said, Caitlin does a great job illustrating the behind the scenes of death once again. This particular book is geared more towards kids. Not exactly for kids to read, but for an adult to explain to a kid if they ever ask a interesting question about something morbid. Some of the questions kids asked are great and pretty funny. My favorite was "Can I give my grandmother a viking funeral?"Caitlin answered all these questions in her usual witty and humorous way. Death is not usually funny and the stuff that she explains can be horrifying to some but I still couldn't help but be amused by it (I've always been a weird kid, ask my parents they will vouch for me). If you want more gory details on what her answers were to these curious questions check this book out yourself I don't want to have someone get all queasy if I explain more about what Caitlin taught me. If you can handle it, again I highly recommend you do so. Why this book didn't get five stars like her other books was that it was too short. I'm sure Caitlin has gotten loads of questions from kids over her years doing her Youtube channel but in here there were only a handful. I wanted to know more. Another problem I had was just a personal observation. Since I follow Caitlin's channel and have read her other books, some of the information she explained in this book was not new to me. So sometimes I would zone out and get bored through the audio and have to rewind because I would miss the start of another question. But I would think for most people they wouldn't know what colors people turn after death, what is rigor mortis and how long does it last, the process of mummification, and more and I just happened to know most of those details. Anyway still a recommend read on my part.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I never expected to laugh out loud reading about death, but I did a number of times. I think Caitlin did a phenomenal job answering these questions in a concise, interesting and at times humorous manner without getting too gory or boring with excess information. Yes, some of the questions are outlandish, but she not only goes into the science behind what happens to a body after death but she also gives historical background depending on the question. I agree that death shouldn't be a taboo or mo I never expected to laugh out loud reading about death, but I did a number of times. I think Caitlin did a phenomenal job answering these questions in a concise, interesting and at times humorous manner without getting too gory or boring with excess information. Yes, some of the questions are outlandish, but she not only goes into the science behind what happens to a body after death but she also gives historical background depending on the question. I agree that death shouldn't be a taboo or morbid conversation topic and the more we talk about it- especially to children as they grow up- the easier it becomes to understand and accept. I'm not saying we need to get into the science behind a bloating decomposing body at the dinner table, but questions shouldn't be shot down and not discussed. I recommend this book to everyone.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Woody Chichester

    This book did not disappoint! Caitlin Doughty writes with the same humor and sincerity you've come to know from her previous books. I laughed AND learned much! I loved reading (ahem, shouting) facts aloud such as: WHOA?!?! VIKING FUNERALS ARE NOT WHAT YOU THINK! HEY! Do you know how much popcorn you'd have to eat before dying and being cremated for it to pop during cremation? WOW! your cat MIGHT eat your eyeballs. Good thing I've got dogs. ..oh...shoot. REALLY?!? This book did not disappoint! Caitlin Doughty writes with the same humor and sincerity you've come to know from her previous books. I laughed AND learned much! I loved reading (ahem, shouting) facts aloud such as: WHOA?!?! VIKING FUNERALS ARE NOT WHAT YOU THINK! HEY! Do you know how much popcorn you'd have to eat before dying and being cremated for it to pop during cremation? WOW! your cat MIGHT eat your eyeballs. Good thing I've got dogs. ..oh...shoot. REALLY?!?!? Seriously, a great read. 5 stars!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)

    Caitlin Doughty is such a queen. God, I hope I’m just like her when I grow up! People are weird about death. They don’t want to think about it or talk about it until it’s too late. No one wants to die, but obviously we are all going to, so why is this subject so taboo? Doughty advocates for death-positivity, changing our relationship with death from one of total avoidance to openness and curiosity. This is her third book and honestly, you can’t go wrong picking up any one o Caitlin Doughty is such a queen. God, I hope I’m just like her when I grow up! People are weird about death. They don’t want to think about it or talk about it until it’s too late. No one wants to die, but obviously we are all going to, so why is this subject so taboo? Doughty advocates for death-positivity, changing our relationship with death from one of total avoidance to openness and curiosity. This is her third book and honestly, you can’t go wrong picking up any one of them. I definitely recommend her first book Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, as it gives a background on why she is who she is and where her ideas came from. Her second book, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death, is eye-opening and incredible, describing death rituals from around the world. Now, she brings us what is probably her funniest book yet. Filled with morbid, strange, and awesome questions—actual questions that she has been asked by kids—she clears up misconceptions about whether or not you can keep your mom’s skeleton and what happens if you die on a plane. Her voice is lighthearted, irreverent, and often hilarious. It feels like she’s talking directly to the reader, like we’re just friends chatting about the smells of corpses and why they turn weird colors. It makes the subject material approachable even for people who might feel a bit squeamish about death. And perhaps this will bring them a bit closer to their own mortality—in a good way! I loved every minute of reading this, and it’s definitely a book I’ll come back to.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Camden Johnson

    I pre-ordered this book when it was first announced and then proceeded to grab Caitlin's previous books to read through them. This is my favorite book out of hers so far. This book features questions that have been asked to her and her very informative responses to these questions.The illustrations were so nice and it was very informational! It was very interesting what questions were asked and I was glad to know quite a bit already from reading her previous books and by also watching Caitlin's I pre-ordered this book when it was first announced and then proceeded to grab Caitlin's previous books to read through them. This is my favorite book out of hers so far. This book features questions that have been asked to her and her very informative responses to these questions.The illustrations were so nice and it was very informational! It was very interesting what questions were asked and I was glad to know quite a bit already from reading her previous books and by also watching Caitlin's YouTube channel, 'Ask a Mortician'. I easily breezed through this book in 2 days and I wish there was more.

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