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2011 MNN holiday gift guide

Nov. 29, 2011, 6:58 a.m.
Marcel the Shell book cover

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'Marcel the Shell with Shoes On: Things About Me'

For Allie, your YouTube-savvy 10-year-old niece: In 2010, a stop-motion animated film chronicling a day in the life of Marcel, a verbose little shell who wears a lentil for a hat and has a knack for repurposing household detritus, went viral and charmed the socks off of kids and adults alike in the process. Now Marcel, the adorable creation of former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Jenny Slate and director/animator Dean Fleischer-Camp, is back with a lushly illustrated and no less imaginative children’s book (the first in a series) titled “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On: Things About Me.”