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

Norton. Sept. 2019. 208p. illus. bibliog. ISBN 9780393652703. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393652710. SCI
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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.

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