Will my cat eat my eyeballs? : big questions from tiny mortals about death / Caitlin Doughty ; illustrations by Dianné Ruz.

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      First edition.
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      Summary: "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.
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      Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-222).
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LJ Reviews 2019 April

The author of the fabulously gothic New York Times best-selling Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and From Here to Eternity returns with more tales from the crypt as she answers to questions posed by young fans. Do people relieve themselves when they die? What about a Viking funeral for grandma? Not just entertainment but real information about what happens when our bodies turn to dust…or whatever. With a six-city tour.

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LJ Reviews 2019 August

Mortician Doughty (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes) has assembled a collection of more than 50 questions that people, especially children, have asked her about death, and answered them with a delightful mixture of science and humor. (The answer to the titular question? Yes, eventually.) Questions range from "Can we give Grandma a Viking funeral?" to "Can I be buried in the same grave as my hamster?" to "What if they make a mistake and bury me when I'm just in a coma?" Each answer is only a few pages long and accompanied by illustrative cartoons. The topic of death is often avoided in conversation, but people are naturally curious about it, and most parents are likely to struggle with how to answer their children's questions—here is a book that will help. VERDICT An entertaining read, straightforward without being morbid. Of interest to anyone, young or old, who is curious about what happens to our bodies after we die.—Rachel Owens, Daytona State Coll. Lib., FL

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