Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?
Since my oldest is now enrolled in a funeral science course at college, I am learning a lot about how it all works. And so I tend to pick up books by Caitlin Doughty, and that's what I did the other day at the public library. Doughty collects questions sent to her by curious kids, and she gives full, detailed answers. She does not pull her punches, but she delivers everything with warmth and humor.
That said, it's not actually a kids' book. It would probably go down well with ages 10+, but it's not published as a middle-grade or YA book, and sensitive kids should probably not read it.
Doughty answers questions such as:
- Can I keep my parents' skulls?
- Can I give Grandma a Viking funeral?
- What about soldiers who die far from home?
- What if I ate a lot of unpopped popcorn and then got cremated?
- Can I be preserved in amber?
And many more, some of which are on the gross side. But such is death.
The articles are each matched with charming, macabre drawings of a girl (Doughty herself, I think, since they have matching hairdos) and a skeletal Death.
I enjoyed reading this book. Your mileage may vary, but if you're interested in issues of death, this is a fun read.