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 Dianne 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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"Listeners unfamiliar with mortician Caitlin Doughty's opinions and experience with mortality from either YouTube or NPR will get a firsthand introduction with this audiobook. It continues her no-nonsense approach to educating people about the realities of what happens when we die. Here, she addresses questions posed by children. Their curiosity ranges from the absurd to the macabre, and she mostly speaks to them a direct, somber tone. Occasionally, she adds moments of silliness to lighten the clinical information being imparted. As an experienced speaker, Doughty is able to widen her potential audience, allowing adults to consider sharing this audiobook with youth seeking straightforward information about death. E.J.F. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"