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Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?

Big Questions from Tiny Mortals
Written by: Caitlin Doughty
Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
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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 35 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? Listeners 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 Dianné 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.

©2019 Caitlin Doughty (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Great for all ages

Caitlin is a gem. Love her books and loved hearing her read this. Telling all my friends with kids to have a listen

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Short, sweet, and informative.

Written and performed with a glorious macabre humor that gently walks you through all the gory details of death and what happens after. Another great piece of content from Caitlin that is much appreciated!

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  • Lili
  • 2019-09-10

Maybe don’t listen to this while you’re eating

The cover art is very cool, and the premise is intriguing, but for me the execution misses the mark. I think maybe the book is trying to be too many things; it’s factual, but flippant, it’s sometimes funny, but often grotesque. And the narration feels a bit singsongy.

Death in our culture needs to be demystified. We need to talk about it more so we can understand it, and deal with it, and this book helps, a bit. But it also kind of makes it feel like a spectator sport, and tho the questions were from kids, many of the answers feel like they are unsuited for children.

I am much more impressed with the author’s first two books, with those she knew her audience was likely entirely adult. That being said for me the most interesting part of the book was about Dover Port Mortuary inside of the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The largest mortuary in the world, there the military has received and processed the dead from the tragedy of Jonestown, the bodies of 9-11, as well as dead soldiers coming home from overseas. It is an extraordinary endeavor that the military has taken on, I wish that section had been longer.

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  • J. Alexander
  • 2019-09-16

An exceptional book when being introduced to death

Death can be hard to read about. Especially because as you read about it, you can't help but think of you or a loved ones eventual departure from this world. But Caitlin has a way of talking about the subject-- both compassionate and candid-- that helps the reader move beyond the fear and discomfort, and find both fascination and a growing sense of peace with death. She pulls beck the curtain through questions asked by children, which tend to be both genuinly interesting to adults (who might not normally break social graces to ask such questions) and occasionally hilarious. We are all the better for this excellent book on curiosities about death.

I continue to look forward to more from this amazing author.

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  • Amy Giglio
  • 2019-09-16

Awesome and informative

This book is a fun and informative book about a hard topic. The topic of death is one that is hard for most of us to accept but Caitlin Doughty has a lighthearted and surprising upbeat approach of presenting the information. Can’t say enough positive things about this book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-16

Another informative, charming, and thought provoking account from Doughty! Love it!!

This is a great addition to any library and is suitable for kids young or older as well as adults (but be prepared to have an awkward conversation or two with little ones)! Caitlyn Doughty answers the questions from her young fans with honesty and humor (where appropriate). Nothing is infantilized or sugar-coated. Who knew talking about death, corpses, and decomposition could be so fun! Her audiobook narration is better than ever as she does voices, dramatic reading, and even sings (I won’t spoil my favorite moment, you’ll just have to listen yourself!). As always, Doughty makes learning about the most difficult topics fun without glossing over the cold hard facts we’re all secretly DYING to know! Can’t wait for her next one!!

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  • nina
  • 2019-09-15

great for kids of all ages

What a cute little book, for adults, and kiddos alike. This books discusses questions, children have asked the author (a mortician) about death. Will my cat eat my eyeballs? Can I be buried with my pet? Can I make a necklace from my grandpa's bones? What happens to bodies in space? The answers are easy enough for kids to understand, yet thorough enough, for adults to enjoy. Occasional bad word, but nothing worse than what you might hear on tv. So, if you want to get this for kids, but don't want the language, maybe read through it first, or read it to them.

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  • mary
  • 2019-09-12

Hail Caitlin

This is a perfect, funny, informative book for anyone. not just kids. Every question is treated with due respect.

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  • Sasha LeeAnne
  • BOSSIER CITY, LA
  • 2019-09-11

fun and informative

The book was very fun and informative for both children and adults. if you can't handle a bit of the gory stuff this may not be for you but if you love it then it will be your jam!

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  • wolfks
  • 2019-09-11

Eliminate fear through knowledge!

A fearless look at the questions you never felt comfortable asking. The Author narrates this book with a touch of humor and sarcasm that disarms much of the cring worthy details in this book. Whether you've seen bodies a hundred times, or just fear your own demise this book will teach you without terrifying you. She writes with honestly that is desperately needed in the death industry.

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  • Bunny&Bear
  • 2019-09-10

Great!

This book is great for kids and adults! And it is for informative and entertaining.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-15

Adult Humor Appropriate For Kids with Real Facts!<br />

Ms. Doughty narrates her book with such personality! I am a doctoral prepared nurse and thoroughly enjoyed her stories meant for children in response to children's questions about death. S
he has adult sense of humor that is appropriate for kids. This book kept me engaged during a long drive!

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