Jenny Slate is an American actress, comedian, and author. She is the creator of the Marcel the Shell With Shoes On videos which were later made into children’s books. She released her first collection of essays in 2019 with Little Weirds.

Slate was born in 1982 in Milton, Massachusetts. She would go on to attend Columbia University as a literature major and became involved in improv at this time. She made numerous guest appearances on television programs before getting her first major film role in Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. She won a Critics Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy for 2014’s Obvious Child. Jenny worked on the TV show Big Mouth, voicing a mixed race character, but ultimately decided to leave as she believed black characters should be voiced by black people. She has two children.

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On: Things About Me (With: Dean Fleischer-Camp) (2011)Description / Buy at
Marcel the Shell: the Most Surprised I've Ever Been (With: Dean Fleischer-Camp) (2014)Description / Buy at
About the House (2016)Description / Buy at
Little Weirds (2019)Description / Buy at

If You Like Jenny Slate Books, You’ll Love…

Little Weirds is Slate’s first collection of essays and introduces her singular writing style and unique worldview. She writes about a wide variety of topics in this book, but it is also written in such a unique way that it is hard to categorize. She manages to really tap into what it’s like to be alive, including the pain and beauty of life. She has a vision that she brings to the readers, a unique mix of strangeness and possibility. The book was selected as one of Vanity Fair’s Great Quarantine Reads.

The Marcel the Shell children’s book series has two books with the first one being Marcel the Shell With Shoes On: Things About Me. The tiny shell has a huge heart that really shines in a picture book. Readers learn more about the peculiar world of this happy creature. Marcel’s adventures include wearing a lentil as a hat and using a Dorito to hang-glide.

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