In Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? irreverent mortician Caitlin Doughty answers questions about death from her most inquisitive and uninhibited fans—children. Her answers to questions from that inspiring the title to what do dead bodies smell like and can dead bodies be used to make jewelry are informative, well-researched, and, despite the ostensible heaviness of the topic, light-hearted and written in a personal and engaging style. Additionally, the text is illustrated with gorgeous drawings by Dianné Ruz.

I enjoyed this relatively short book and learned much more than I expected—including why I can’t give my husband a viking funeral when he dies (hopefully very far in the future). Personally, I find that the historical and scientific information helps demystify death and dead bodies and makes the inevitable less frightening, plus the descriptions Doughty provides are fascinating.

I recommend Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? for curious readers who like well-written, humorous non-fiction.

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