Marcel the Shell Has Shoes On, Also New Children’s Book

Intern Grace’s Team Pick

About a year ago, this video happened, and unto us a new arsenal of quotes was born:

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“Well, you know what they say: Lint is a shell’s best friend.” If I ever get a dog, I’m naming him Alan.

Recently, Jezebel did a super cute interview with co-creators Dean Fleischer-Camp and SNL veteran Jenny Slate, who confirmed a rumor that had been circulating for a while now: There is going to be a Marcel the Shell children’s book. Holy jeez.

Illustrated in photorealistic oil paintings by Amy Lind, the Marcel book promises pearls of wisdom that sometimes kind of remind me of Autowin, to be honest. It has the same sense of sincerity and timing, anyway. I think you’ll like it. You can preview pages on Jezebel or Buzzfeed.


BUT WAIT, there’s more. There’s going to be an audiobook (because let’s be honest, you’ll read it in Marcel’s voice in your head), more children’s books, and a TV show. I will watch the shit out of that. Also, at some point, Marcel is going to sing. According to Jenny, “Marcel is really a good singer, but he doesn’t think he’s a good singer. He he knows that he’s good for his shell but he doesn’t think that he’s good for, like, a person. He makes up a ton of songs.”

The book is available November 1, but you can pre-order it now on Amazon.

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Grace Ellis has been writing and making hack-job graphics for Autostraddle since 2011 and is a co-creator and co-writer of the comic book series Lumberjanes. She is mostly an intern in name only. (Mostly.) She lives in Columbus, Ohio because why anything. Also, she wants to write the Black Widow movie and feels like if she just keeps telling people, eventually she will be allowed to do it. She has a Twitter and a Tumblr, both of which are pretty above average.

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  1. Love this! I must have watched that vid lots and lots of times. And it’s never failed to make me smile so I’m genuinely excited to hear about this.

  2. !!!! I kinda wanna have kids just to read this outloud to them. THANK GOD THIS IS FOR ALL OF US.

  3. Ya know when your stomach feels sorta sick because something is so terribly cute? Yeah, I’m feeling that right now.

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