Death is Stupid tackles a child’s confusion and questions as he views his grandmother in her casket and attempts to reckon his own grief with the words of those trying to comfort him. Direct and cathartic, Death Is Stupid is unlike any other children’s book about loss.
“Wow, and thank God for this book,” Anne Lamott raved. “Having it fifty-plus years ago would have been a kind of salvation for me and would have helped me grow into a healthier and infinitely less frightened person.” The New York Public Library chose it as one of its best books for 2017. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly praised its “exact mix of true-to-life humor and unflinching honesty,” and noted that “many of the plainspoken sentiments she includes, as well as several ideas for how to remember and honor those who have departed, may be eye-opening for readers facing grief themselves.”