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Marcel the Shell With Shoes On: Things About Me Hardcover – November 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Marcel the Shell (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 42 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595144552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595144553
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 10.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jenny Slate, the voice of Marcel, is an alum of Saturday Night Live and plays Stella on HBO's Bored to Death. Dean Fleischer-Camp is a writer, director, and animator whose work has screened at film festivals around the world. They live together in Brooklyn, New York. Watch the video and learn more at: www.deanfleischercamp.com.

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The kids loved the book.
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I fell in love with the YouTube video of Marcel the Shell and was ecstatic to find this book!
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I've been a fan of Marcel since day one so buying the book was a no brainer.
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Terra on November 17, 2011
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When I first discovered Marcel about a year ago, I was eighteen. I was immediately in love. Now, he has a second short, an iPhone app, and a book, and I couldn't be happier.

Marcel embodies the type of existence which I aim to live myself. He is kind, funny, and talented, and he lives at very low means (he "drives" a ~bug~). More importantly, though, is the quiet confidence he exudes. He IS tiny and he IS seemingly insignificant, yet he has found the facets of him that make him special (his voice, for instance), and he sees value in them- leading others to see value in them AND him. And that's a lesson I think every person needs; that regardless of the significance of your job or the weightiness of your talents or your place in the world, with a little kindness and self-confidence, it will be apparent to others that you ARE worthwhile, unique, and beautiful. Sometimes it's hard with all of the other struggling people in the world to remember this. Marcel so gently and so eloquently gives every one of us a pat on the back and reminds us to "like ourselves." He perfectly represents that little voice in us that nudges us to go forth and keep moving, even if there is no obvious reason to. The Marcel movies and book will ever so slightly shift your perception of the world and of yourself to just a little sunnier a vista.

And on top of all of this, he is so painfully adorable that when you read about his life in this beautifully crafted book, your heart will surely swell to double its size.

"Guess why I smile all the time."
"Why?"
"Because it's worth it."
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By OxfordComma on November 7, 2011
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Earlier tonight, I went to an event for this book. The authors did a reading, and the whole audience loved it--especially the kids. I bought a copy for my old elementary school's library. Kids will love Marcel and his companions, and adults will appreciate the humor and beautiful illustrations.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Gebhardt on November 20, 2011
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My 4 year old son and I both laugh out loud when we read this book together. The illustrations are as charming as Marcel himself. I was looking for something new at the bookstore for bedtime...well, we must read this book 3-4 times a day. My older 10 year old thinks it's pretty cute too.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ikirkwood62 on December 3, 2011
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... a lentil.

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is perhaps the biggest and best underdog of modern youtube experience. As a tiny shell with shoes, Marcel gets caught up in many different issues, but he never let's them get to him. Instead, he keeps a positive outlook and replaces the things he doesn't have with things he did.

The World could learn a lot from Marcel. He has some self-esteem issues, but, he is a shell, so he gets over them quickly. He is optimistic to the very end, and always adorable.

If you aren't familiar with the character of Marcel, go to youtube nd watch the original video (Marcel the Shell with Shoes On) and then the sequel (Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, 2). They are near masterpieces. Then buy this book. Kids will love it, adults will laugh at it.

I am 17 years old, and a pretty intellectual guy. Last year, after taking the AP exam for AP Biology, my teacher would let us watch youtube videos during class. This was one we kept watching. Marcel is an inspiration for all ages. Please don't pass him up.

(P.S. I think this review has a higher wordcount than the book itself, but the pictures are really really nice, and it is a nice keepsake/gift.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Morela on February 14, 2012
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I liked the book, but I was a little dissapointed with it. I was expecting it to be exactly like the video. Hopefully they make it one day. The shoud make the letters a little easier to read for kids.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Karen on January 13, 2012
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The pictures are great and the story is ok. The greatest disappointment though is the printing or writing. It is a strange cursive, that is very difficult for children to decipher what the words are, so reading on their own is not possible. When reading with children, it is great for them to see words that look familiar and they can identify time after time. It is not possible with the print in this book. I think descriptions on Amazon should alert buyers when something is this different from the norm.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Happy retiree on January 20, 2012
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I had this book sent to my grandson after seeing a story about the authors on TV and watching the very clever videos. My son reported that my grandson really liked it but he was not able to read it himself. For some reason, the authors (publisher?) printed it in cursive writing. They are teaching cursive in very few elementary schools now so that makes it difficult to use as a "read it yourself" book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Feetsy on March 20, 2014
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Frankly, I find the Marcel videos to be annoying, but my children couldn't love them more. When my 6 year old son saw this book at the library, he wanted a copy for himself, so I gave it to him for his birthday.

My kids absolutely adore this book. They quote it and talk about it, and they all enjoy having it read to them (they are 8, 6, and 4). The only thing I dislike about this cute book is the font. It's difficult to read, and it can't be independently read by a child. Even my 8 year old advanced reader has a hard time deciphering it. Other than that, the illustrations are lovely, and Marcel is awfully cute. (Especially without the annoying voice that accompanies the videos on YouTube.)
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