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

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  63 reviews
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?

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Hardcover, 208 pages
Expected publication: September 10th 2019 by W. W. Norton Company
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May 20, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
Shelves: reviewed
after giving it much thought, i think that yes... cats would eat eyeballs.
i love this title. it makes me laugh
Apr 05, 2019 marked it as wish-list
Shelves: non-fiction, 2000s
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.)
Ashley Holstrom
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 abo
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a sincere look at death, written for children. Doughty writes about death with respectful humor that makes the topic more relatable to children, while giving information kids are curious about. They are learning about history and science while Doughty shares many of her personal anecdotes. All of this relays the information right back to the kids questions. Death is a fact of life and this book may help to remove some of the fears kids may harbor, while helping parents explain a ver ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arcs, to-buy
Thank you to the publisher, via NetGalley, for providing me with a copy for review. This has in no way influenced my opinion.

Doughty's writing on death is straight forward and allows the public into a space we don't really get to see in North America. She uses humour to make the subject more comfortable for readers who might be a bit squeamish about facing their own mortality.
I think this collection of answers to children's questions about death will help fill a space that has been overlooked in
Stacy Fetters
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
"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."

Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
My first Caitlin Doughty, and I can see why people love her. She's funny and irreverent but she's also deeply invested in the idea that people deserve to choose what happens to their bodies after the deaths, and that bodies should be treated with respect. Not a kids book, but lots of appeal for teens, fans of Mary Roach, and anyone with an interest in the slightly (or more than slightly) gross, totally fascinating human body.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, death, non-fic
**I received this ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book.**
Friendly funeral director Caitlin Doughty offers open, honest, and sometimes funny answers to some of the questions she's received over the years from kids. The questions range from "What would happen to a body in outer space?" to "If I died making a stupid face, would it be stuck like that forever?" to "Can we give Grandma a Viking funeral?" Her good-natured, pleasant attitude
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to W.W. Norton for the ARC at BEA 2019!

I really enjoyed this book. Caitlin Doughty is a mortician by trade, and this book is her answering the surprisingly thoughtful and specific questions that kids have asked her over the years about what happens to us when we die, and how we can be handled after death. Can you keep someone's skull? What happens if you die in space? Are Viking funerals real? And of course, the titular question: will your cat eat your eyeballs after you die? The answers
Janneke Van Den Akker
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Started to read the books by Caitlin because of her YouTube channel 'ask a mortician'. Her books are educational but written well with a' lot of humour.

Would you believe me if I told you I read this in one sitting? Yes? Of course because I'm always in the mood for some Doughty and when Edelweiss granted me download access to the ARC, I downloaded the ARC, and sat and read until I was finished. Now I'm writing my rave review because how could it be anything less anyway? It really can't.

Having watched countless hours on her Youtube channel, read her two other books, and browsed her tweets, I literally had her voice in my head and it was LIKE she
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mad-science
I have a very morbid curiosity sometimes. What happens to the body after we die? Fascinating. Honestly, I decided to check out this book based on the title alone. Cats eating eyeballs? What??

The basic premise is that this is a collection of questions asked by children. And honestly, children ask some great (and a bit disturbing) questions. Sure, it can be a little gross to think that a child wants to know if a beloved pet will eat a dead person, but at the same time, there are some really intere
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 ...more
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
My friend Kim raves about Doughty, and now I understand why. She walks the perfect line between laugh out loud humor and utmost respect for the dead. Through all of her answers to these questions that only children would think to ask, she is never once disrespectful or flippant. She is, however, extremely relatable and very readable. I look forward to checking out her other works. Oh, and if you are worried about reading this with your child because of the content, don't fret. She wrote it for k ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: narrative-nf, funny, death
Fun Q&A on the science of death, burial, cremation etc. Would be a great Adult Book for Young Adults as a STEM title. Love the illustrations also! I liked this much more than Caitlin Doughty's initial memoir -- the format let her get down to business with the dirty death deets more quickly.

BRB, gonna go nominate this for Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers
Lady Brainsample
7/17 - I have tickets to see Caitlin on tour for this book! I am SO EXCITED!!!!
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Very funny and informative.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, non-fiction
This book was excellent! I knew nothing about Caitlin Doughty going into it. But it’s written in a smart conversational style that makes learning about death from a mortician enjoyable.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've adored the previous books by Doughty, and this one did not disappoint; if anything, I was disappointed as it seemed to end too soon! I hope children ask more pointed questions that the author can answer in a future book. And yes, it does get a little *too* detailed at times but that's what makes this so darn fascinating -- I mean, we've all wondered about some of this stuff, right? OK, well at least I have.

Even though children asked these questions doesn't mean I recommend they read this bo
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely delightful. Caitlin Doughty writes exactly the way she speaks, so it was easy to read and hear her explaining the answers to questions kids have asked her in the past. The questions are thoughtful and funny and the answers are honest and well researched. Another home run for Caitlin Doughty.

Am I supposed to say that I received an ARC copy from W & W Norton and Co? I always see people saying it here but idk if that’s a mandatory thing.
Cromaine Library
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, adult
Brief chapters follow the questions that children have asked Doughty about death throughout her years both as a mortician, crematory operator, and youtube star of the "Ask a Mortician" channel. While the questions are from kids, the answers are aimed more at curious adults and teens. If you are interested in what happens to your body when you die, I highly recommend this book. It's scientific and hilarious.

Recommended by librarian Meagan
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Mary Roach's "Stiff" but updated for middle grade readers!

Great for anyone who has questions about death (which, really, who doesn't?).

Certain illustrations are creepy, but no worse than those old "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" ones.
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Caitlin has done it again. I love everything she does. Thank you so much to Netgalley for letting me read this title early. I have been a long time fan of Ask A Mortician and this was a fantastic book in that same vein. I can’t wait to read more from her and add this to my collection.
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I downloaded this ARC from Edelweiss on the recommendation of my librarian colleagues, who enjoyed Doughty's previous books. Intending to read just a few pages, I finished the whole thing in an hour. Doughty is hilarious - which is so funny when you consider the subject matter, but whatever. Yes, it's a little morbid, but absolutely fascinating. As Doughty says in the first chapter, this book does go to some weird places, so it's up to parents if they want their kids to read it. But the question ...more
Aug 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
My eyeballs?


Well... Let's see. Based on what I know about my cats:

Gizmo would never. Unless, of course, he subscribes to the belief that consuming the remains of loved ones keeps them with you forever. In that case, he would defend his territory as he defends anything: Through sheer gumpy size (Seriously, you guys, this cat is such a love muffin! But he has no idea how huge he really is [not fat, just BIG all over]...and occasionally does accidental damage this way. It's the only way he ca
Lesa Parnham
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books-read
My thanks for receiving this book from Net Galley and the publisher for an unbiased review. First I must say Caitlin Daughty Rocks! I am a 57 year old former middle school teacher, so I guess I am the kind of person that Caitlin would hope to read Will the Cat Eat my Eyeballs? (also, full disclosure, I have read both of Caitlins other two books, follow her on U Tube and just basically search her out (not in a weird way though). Here goes, this book was great, and I can see little kids asking the ...more
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my very first win through a Goodreads Giveaway and it's like the universe KNEW that this book and I were meant to be together.

I am a mom, a lover of all things a bit weird and curious, and a person who is interested in normalizing my own thoughts and beliefs around death, dying, and what comes next.

This book is written in Q&A format, each chapter tackles a kid question along with delightfully dark drawings.

I appreciate the raw honesty of children, their questions are a perfect match
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Mortician Caitlin Doughty—host and creator of "Ask a Mortician" and the New York Times best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes —founded The Order of the Good Death. She lives in Los Angeles, where she runs her nonprofit funeral home, Undertaking LA.