by Jan Thornhill
Thinking about death, or even talking about it, can be difficult. But it's better to deal with the topic instead of avoiding it. This well-designed book covers a wide variety of topics, such as how things die, what happens after death, the stages of decomposition, how we grieve, and our beliefs about the afterlife.
Thornhill's matter-of-fact tone succeeds in making death less frightening; at the same time, its interesting facts, and yes, icky photographs, will appeal to a child's natural curiosity. A book sure to provoke many late night discussions.