New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the 2019 Goodreads Choice Award for Science & Technology
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Mortician Caitlin Doughty has written the funniest book you’ll ever read about what happens to decaying corpses. Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? is organized around Doughty’s responses to actual questions she’s gotten from youngsters; her chipper tone and black humor are absolutely perfect. She gleefully plows through a timeline of which parts of your face your cat will eat first, declares it safe to roll around in someone’s ashes, answers the “hard questions about cannibalism,” and hands you an unforgettable pairing of words: bacteria farts. You’ll laugh till you’re cat food.
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Third book of hers I’ve read.
I absolutely love all her videos and her books. I’ve watched them all and read them all. She’s really helped me get more comfy with the icky side of death. Good read to share with the kiddos and the crazy wonderful questions they ask. Thank you for this book and all the other material you’ve supplied to use mere mortals.