Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 Aug 2019

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When a person dies, their body goes through a lot of changes. Adults may shy away from questions about corpses, maybe because you don’t want to be rude to (or about) dead people, but kids want to know why the dead change color; if they sometimes move or make sounds by themselves; or if you swallowed a bag of un-popped popcorn before being cremated, what would happen? Also, if I’m alone in my house and I die, and no one finds me for several days, will my cat…you know?

Caitlin Doughty answers these queries and many more with humor, wit, and compassion, including some fascinating hypothetical questions: if you bury your dog in your backyard, what will they look like if you dig them up in a week, or a month, or a year? Could a human body be encased in amber like prehistoric insects? And what will happen to the body of the first astronaut who dies in space? This book is an excellent title for educating and entertaining future corpses of all ages on the subject of death.
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Wonderful! I read Doughty other book, Smoke Gets in Your Eye's and was not only highly entertained, but also learned so much about the death processes! I hope she continues to educate people about this sometimes taboo topic. Also, my teenage girls bought me a copy of this for Christmas!
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Caitlin is always a delight!  Her words need to be heard and I think that this book is much more positive and much more of a beneficial addition to a collection than the more morose books on death.
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An excellent introduction to what people are already asking about death, many of the questions covered were things I wondered.  A few of the others I wouldn't think to ask, but wish I did.  

**I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Hilarious, informative, and deeply respectful of death.  I always look forward to Caitlin Doughty's books and was definitely not disappointed in this new one!
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It's hard to talk about death with kids. But mortician and bestselling author Caitlin Doughty knows something most people don't: kids understand a lot more about death than we give them credit for, and sometimes their curiosity can lead to some interesting questions. In this book, she takes on some of the questions she's received from kids, including, "What happens to dead bodies in space?", "Can my grandma have a viking funeral?", and "What would happen if I ate a bunch of unpopped corn kernels before I died and was cremated?" As always, Doughty's writing is clever, informative, and infinitely entertaining. If you've read her other books, you know that her mission is to destigmatize talking about death and the very human things that happen to bodies after we die. This book does just that, and while the questions (and their answers) are aimed at kids, it's just as interesting for adults too scared to ask the weird questions.
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Caitlin Doughty delivered another great book on a topic many avoid for one reason or another.  I shared many of the fun factoids I learned while reading, such as what one does with a body if the person dies in outer space, with my friends whether they wanted to hear it or not.  The tone is a little strange as this title is aimed at children but discusses topics such as necrophilia that might not be totally appropriate.  I enjoyed the writing and accompanying creepy drawings.  I recommend this book for anyone with even a slight fascination with the macabre or has always wondered what happens to our bodies after we die.
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I  love Caitlin Doughty's work, and found this book to be absolutely delightful. The illustrations were fun, too. The book is a compendium of the questions Doughty, a mortician, has received from children about death. She answers them in a refreshingly irreverent fashion. Once I started reading, I could not put the book down until I finished -- and I finished too soon! I wanted to read more!
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Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? is a thoroughly enjoyable, if not totally morbid, read. Caitlin Doughty has a real gift for explaining questions about death in a straightforward and funny way. I loved her matter of fact was of discussing death as well. The attention grabbing title lived up to its name and answered the question: will my cat eat my eyeballs? And spoiler alert: the answer, it might.... I really enjoyed this weird, little book. It’s completely engaging and a worthy read for anyone with a dark sense of humor..
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It wasn't planned to be Caitlin Doughty week on 1776 Books, but somehow it's turned out to be just that. On Sunday, I reviewed her earlier book, From Here to Eternity, and today, I'll talk about her very latest, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?

What's great about Doughty is that she has the utmost respect for death but writes about it in such a warm, relatable way. As a mortician, her goal has always been to get families and friends involved in the funeral process instead of just handing their loved one off to a funeral director. In Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, Doughty again tries to take the "scary" out of death, answering kids' questions about the topic in an honest way.

But don't let the fact that kids are asking the questions deter you -- this is a super interesting book for adults. If you've ever wondered if conjoined twins always die at the same time or if you died making a silly face, would it stay like that forever, this book is for you. I found Doughty's writing absolutely fascinating, especially when combined with Dianne Ruz's black-and-white illustrations. I can't recommend this book enough!

MY RATING - 5
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This is my first Caitlin Doughty book, but certainly not my last.  Doughty openly talks about death in a way that is lighthearted and interesting, without getting dark or morose.  While the jokey tone might not be for everyone, I appreciated it, especially since my dad recently passed away.  I was able to enjoy the book for what it was - a fascinating read of funny but truthful responses to children's questions about death.
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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, demystifying one of the most intimidating topics for parents and teachers to tackle.  She doesn’t rely on euphemisms or platitudes 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 these topics with kids, and how honest, factual conversations can make things feel less scary. I think this book fills a knowledge gap that some kids will really appreciate.
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This book was very interesting yet creepy. There were many answers to questions that I have thought of about the body and what happens after death.
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Another excellent, engaging book from Doughty. I thought the question and answer format worked really well for the content. I appreciated that the answers are appropriate for children and that Doughty deliberately addresses that within the book itself. I will recommend this to friends, family, and library patrons.
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An excellent, quick read for those who are interested in the slightly morbid questions of what happens to our bodies after we die. (Not for everyone, though, as I learned after sharing a few tidbits with my partner and some friends.) Caitlin Doughty takes questions asked by children (e.g., can I be buried with my hamster? can I get my parents' skulls after they die? will my cat (or dog) eat my eyeballs?) as her starting point and then provides comprehensive answers that are geared towards mature teens or adults. Many of us find the topic of death rather uncomfortable, so I find Doughty's approach towards de-mystifying death so refreshing and there were lots of interesting tidbits.

Thanks to W.W. Norton, the author, and Netgalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy.
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Caitlin Doughty is probably one of my favorite authors and this book is no different! I loved that she answered kids questions about death in a way that was funny, but not condescending. She gave really excellent information about the gross/scary/misunderstood parts of death and I love that it's becoming more normal to talk about the process of dying and death. The illustrations were also spot on.
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Caitlin Doughty is a gift. Fans of her previous books will find a lot with this one or those new to her unique style will find it creepy as well as cool (as much as death can be). She is just the right amount of humorous and delicate with her discussions of those questions that we didn't even know wanted to know the answers to.
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Humorous, yet filled with interesting facts. Answers all the questions one is too shy to ask! Very clever and original.
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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.
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I received this book in exchange for a honest review from NetGalley. 

I adore Caitlin so much and have read all of her other books (The Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and From Here to Eternity) and have loved them so very much. She has a funny frank style of answering difficult questions that helps make those questions not so difficult. I love how the frankness of children's questions matches the frankness of Caitlin's answers. I think that this is a great resource for older children who have some questions about death and dying as well as parents who need help answering questions or even just adults with an interest in learning more about death. Caitlin takes something that is scary for many people and makes it into a normal thing that you can talk about. Overall I think that this book is interesting and helps make answers about death and dying accessible to adults and children alike.
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