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Marcel the Shell with Shoes On: Things About Me

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Millions of people have fallen in love with Marcel. Now the tiny shell with shoes and a big heart is transitioning from online sensation to classic picture book character, and readers can learn more about this adorable creature and his wonderfully peculiar world.
From wearing a lentil as a hat to hang-gliding on a Dorito, Marcel is able to find magic in the everyday. He m
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Razorbill
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karen
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't need a thrill ride. I'm already thrilled enough.

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as monica! notes, a lot of this book is just a compilation of stuff ripped straight outta the videos, but in painted form which makes it ART!

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the book is still cute even though you can't hear the little squeaky marcel-voice and all the dog-inspired screamin', but you can always hold all of that in your heart and your mind while you read. it's like when you go to the circus and you buy the program - the live version is bett
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nicole
Dec 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, lol
I love Marcel. I LOVE him, Internet. But I do not totally love this book. Here's why: as nicely painted as its pages are, I don't understand why it's painted at all. Especially since the paintings are clearly based on photographs that could have been used to greater effect. Marcel is absurd looking. That's what's so great about seeing him inhabit real spaces. Painted images decrease that sense of reality that is so key to Marcel's humor. Still funny, of course, but real spaces, and of course Jen ...more
Miss Monica
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was the happy moment of my week, instantly all my stress & nerves were released once I found this book & began reading it aloud in my personal Marcel imitation, I didn't even care that I was in the aisle at my local Hastings on a friday night surrounded by high school hooligans, I just got lost in this adorable little guy's world.
It is written in a very engaging way & is perfect as a bed time story for your kids or just as nice end note to you day.
I am so buying this book &
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Erin Martin
Freaking adorable.

"This is my breadroom. It's a bedroom. But I sleep in a piece of bread, so I just call it my breadroom."

"Guess which ride I love? The ladle!"

"Guess what I use as a helmet? A pistachio. Guess what I need a helmet for? Because once or twice a year I climb the sandal."

"Could you shut the book please? I'm trying to go to bread."
Sarah
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summary: Marcel the Shell is about a shell and his adventures around the house he lives in.
Evaluation: This book and the video that matches it will have even an adult giggling throughout the entire text. Silly situations keep Marcel the Shell busy throughout his day and it overall a wonderful book to read for fun or for teaching content. Jenny Slate does a fantastic job in bringing this little shell to life in the videos that pair with the text.
Teaching Idea: Using this book to show how books a
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Livia
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although the character of Marcel is best captured on film (aka with audio) this sweet little book still maintains the charm and wonder of a little shell with shoes on.
Rachel
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-book
It’s strange, that’s true. But if Marcel the Shell (with shoes on) won you over in his YouTube video introduction, you won’t be disappointed by his book debut. A few of the pages are lines from the video, and the rest offer new facts about Marcel that will puzzle and entertain you and the kids. Most of it is sweet, simple silliness – like Marcel’s fear of riding the Salad Spinner ride at the “amusement park” (he prefers the Ladle), or how he calls his bedroom a breadroom because he sleeps betwee ...more
Hillary Troutman
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: prek-3-books
This is a great book to show kids what a hermit crab is and it has great illustrations! The humor keeps kids involved and it keeps them guessing what will come next. Great to use for creating predictions. I also like to read this book first before reading the story, "Shells" with my 4th grade students.
Arlene Allen
Really offbeat and quirky, utterly charming character, not to mention beautiful artwork. I kept having to double check - photograhs or paint? I look forward to more of Marcel's adventure (hope he brings along his "dog" Alan!)
Stephenie
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-picks
From my kids:
5yo: "My favorite part was where she said 'Close the book, I'm trying to go to BREAD.'"
7yo: "My favorite part of Marcel the Shell is when she said 'I have shoes... and.... A FACE.' I think all kids should read this book because it's funny."
Meredith
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Marcel!!! I love this book just as much as I love the video. I laughed out loud while reading it. It has been the highlight of my day.
Christian McKay
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I missed Jenny Slate's voice until the book started to do things the short films could not.
Kathryn
Aug 23, 2011 marked it as to-read
Apparently, there is a short film available to view online that I should watch, too...
Savannah Levos
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I remember watching about Marcel the shell when I was younger. Jenny Slate, who is the voice of Marcel is so cute and you just can't help not to love it. It is a soft and cute voice that fits perfectly with the small shell. It is cute because it is kind of like a "vlog" and feels like you are interacting with her. It is very unique because you would never think of a shell that could talk and wear shoes.
Maren
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The kids are familiar with this YouTube video that I've now been watching for many, many years thanks to my friend Ryan. I immediately texted her when I saw this book at the library, LOL. The kids and I loved this book. I love the paintings based on Marcel photographs, and the text is funny even if you don't read it in a Marcel voice. Total win!
Julianne
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love these videos, so when I found out there were books I thought, "YASSSSSS BRING IT ON!" There were a lot of repeat jokes, phrases from the videos but the illustrations are cute and, I mean, it doesn't hurt anything to re-live watching the videos a little bit. ;)
Lily Tice
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youth
I love Marcel! I love Marcel! I love Marcel! *screams from the rooftops*
Val
"my one regret in life is that I'll never have a dog"
Jae
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Still cute but the video is way better.
Kate St.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
So adorable! Read it after watching him on YouTube.
Sassy
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-favorites
The YouTube video is funnier. Still, good.
Zahirah
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Jenny Slate since SNL, I love Marcel the Shell and I love this book 😊.
A great celebration of individuality and knowing who you are.
Quinn Rollins
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, humor
Last year a weird little video hit YouTube. Marcel the Shell With Shoes On was created by Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp. Essentially a little shell with red and white shoes and one big googly eye, Marcel is voiced by Slate with a quavering, halting stammer. Interviewed by an unseen man (Fleischer-Camp?), Marcel tells us about his life, dreams, and challenges. And somehow, the little stop motion video is hilarious and adorable.

Now Slate and Fleischer-Camp, with the assistance of illustrato
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Beth Maline
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
The title and cover of this book drew me to it, but the simple handwriting on the page and the pictures (and the clever use of add-ins to the little Marcel's shell) kept me turning the pages.

This book is intended for ages Kindergarten and older (no specification on the older) and would be so much fun for an adult to read to a child. Both will laugh over the 'breadroom' which Marcel sleeps in (between two slices of bread, and underneath an in-house potted palm with a hanging plant and a baseball
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Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books, 2017
These books are so silly! And I love them.
Cristina
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This digital story is so adorable and makes me giggle every time I watch it. Marcel is a tiny shell with one googly eye and mini shoes. She talks and moves around the house she lives in. All the objects are filmed real items in a house. They move her around but do not show physically show it. Kind of like a stop-motion effect that is done sometimes with Claymation. Marcel has a mouth that is not real but moves as she talks. She shows us around her house and tells us what she does throughout some ...more
Melissah Hertz
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I selected this book as a prize at a reading PD based solely on the title and front cover. This book tells the tale of Marcel and the activities and objects that are near and dear to him (?)- my students assumed Marcel is a girl. The illustrations are actually paintings based upon photographs, which adds a memoir feel, as though you are peeking into actual moments in Marcel's life. I love this technique. My student intern alerted me to the fact that there is a video online of Marcel, and now the ...more
Ccl Children's
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Marcel is just your average shell with shoes on, but when you are a shell living in a people house, your adventures are a bit more extrordinary, like riding the salad spinner and climbing the sandal...even picking up a pencil becomes a bit more interesting. Marcel may be a shell, but he has hopes and dreams to, like owning a dog. reading the story becomes even more hilarious after hearing the voice author Jenny Slate has created for Marcel. A silly story for all ages! ~Sarah
Find on the shelf at:
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Jennifer
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not being familiar with Marcel's film short, I was a novice to Marcel the shell. But it cracked me up, and so now I will definitely watch the video! I thought it was hilarious. I read a lot of reviews that commented on the font. True, young kids couldn't read that cursive, but I really see this book with older students or as a springboard to comedy writing. What makes this book funny is the understated seriousness of the subject. I loved the illustrations which really did look like painted photo ...more
Beth
This book was just plain weird but strangely endearing.

ETA:
I added another star to my review because this book was wildly popular with my sixth graders. The book and the video are things you have to watch/read over and over again to really appreciate it. It's kind of like Napoleon Dynamite. When you first watch it you're left dumbstruck by how silly and ridiculous it seems, but the more you think back on it, the more you realize how truly hilarious and quotable it really is. That's Marcel the Sh
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Jenny Sarah Slate is an American actress, stand-up comedian, and author best known as the creator of the Marcel the Shell With Shoes On short films, which was also spun off into a children's book. She is also known for her season as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2009 to 2010, as well as for her recurring roles on House of Lies, Parks and Recreation, Bob's Burgers, and Kroll Show. She m ...more