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Secrets of the Gnomes

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An account of the life and work of gnomes, based on first-hand observations by the author and artist, who, themselves turned into gnomes, visited with gnomes in Lapland and Siberia.
Hardcover, 194 pages
Published June 1st 1987 by Random House Value Publishing (first published 1981)
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Jan 30, 2014 Traveller rated it it was amazing

These little gnomes are quite similar to British gnomes and brownies, however, they are more industrious and helpful.

These are excellent books for children; (and definitely the kind you'd keep into adulthood).

Inbetween little folktales and self-made-up stories about the fey folk, the authors pop in some general knowledge stuff, like for instance botany, biology and geology and little projects of things the gnomes make to try out yourself (especially if you're a children), with snippets of know
Paquita Maria Sanchez
Jan 28, 2014 Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it really liked it
Shelves: pitcher-books
Gnomes are so much cooler than trolls. They are resourceful, inventive, compassionate, loving, creative, and fun. They can communicate with animals, hitch rides on their backs, help them in times of need, and occasionally even playfully outwit them. Mostly, though, they're friends.

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Trolls, on the other hand, are no friends of the gnomes. From birth, these near-monosyllabic, cretinous creatures "start kicking around blindly," solely capable of "discerning things they can pester." As the secret
Jan 06, 2009 BoekenTrol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my parents gave it to me
Again I loved the drawings in this book. The text too, but to me that was not the most important. At the time that I read it, this book openened new worlds to me, not only the gnome world, but also worlds as in other countries.
I was very scared by the very realistic drawings of the trolls, but the interesting things: how gnomes live, what they do, how they dress, differences between gnomes in different parts of the world made that less. And, after reading it many times, I already knew when the t
Samuel Fletcher
Jun 15, 2014 Samuel Fletcher rated it really liked it
A wonderful book for anyone interested in Gnomes and how they work. The book is worth reading for the art alone. The pictures are absolutely beautiful. The reason I only gave it 4 stars and not 5 is that some of the art shows nudity which makes it questionable for little kids though the story would be loved by them otherwise.
Sep 24, 2008 Kara rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kara by: Gift from Matthew Seuschek
This was a fun book. Anyone who appreciates being cozy and loves going on little adventures will love this one. And of course any gnome lover will be thrilled at all the gnome info gathered on its pages.
Jun 09, 2013 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, books-own
Ofschoon het boek voor kinderen lijkt te zijn bedoeld komt ook bij volwassen de boodschap over die kabouters voor de mensheid hebben. Dat is feitelijk de opdracht die de beide samenstellers van het boek van de kabouters meekrijgen, de serieus bedoelde Oproep dus vanuit de kabouterwereld. Stop milieuvervuiling en natuurvernietiging en ga leven op een duurzame manier! De menselijk levenswijze waarbij veel grondstoffen en energie wordt verspild moet zo snel mogelijk werden ingeruild voor een milieu ...more
May 19, 2013 Tonari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E' ormai perso in qualche meandro di casa dei miei, in attesa di tornare alla luce quando meno lo si aspetta.

Letto ormai parecchi anni fa me lo ricordo comunque come una lettura piacevolissima: �� l'avventura di due uomini tramutatisi in gnomi che studiano da vicino le abitudini, i costumi e gli strumenti di questo curioso popolo, compilando una sorta di vademecum. Il finale forse �� un po' troppo moraleggiante, ma ci si pu�� passare sopra.
Molto belle le immagini, un libro consigliato (da legg

Aug 20, 2015 Marije rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prachtige, sfeervolle tekeningen en schilderingen van het poolgebied en een (helaas) nog steeds relevante oproep om zuinig te zijn op de wereld. De schrijfstijl doet wat gedateerd aan.
Grappig detail: de 'etnografische' beschrijving van andere kabouterculturen: kabouterversies van cliché's die nu echt niet meer kunnen.
Feb 25, 2016 Mouse rated it it was ok
Hooray for Gnome tits....Hooray!!!
I just can't get enough Gnome tits and this thing is just chock full of them!

This is supposed to be a sequel to the original 'Gnomes' book by the original author but it really falls short and just doesn't have that same magic...but's got Gnome tits!
Jul 13, 2012 Elias rated it it was ok
It's a good story and the images by Rien Poortvliet are amazing. The most disturbing thing about this book, is that it is a sequel to the book 'Gnomes' by the same author, Wil Huygen, but contradicts the first book in some ways. Therefor my rating is only two stars: it was OK.
Nov 24, 2009 Marji rated it it was amazing
Ik heb een paar boeken van Poortvliet, van de trollen en het leven van de kabouters. Absoluut adorable, heerlijk om in weg te duiken op een regenachtig weekend, prachtige illustraties, uitleg en wat mij betreft, Kabouters bestaan!
Feb 26, 2012 flannery rated it really liked it
Shelves: myth, february2012
someday i am going to make some man VERY HAPPY (when i tell him the secrets of the gnomes)
Nov 04, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it
Gnomes are friendly with animals and know all the plants. This quality reminds me of my oldest daughter. The book has a wonderful story quality because of its illustrations.
Fredrick Danysh
Jul 01, 2011 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-ya
Gnomes are mythical creature found in yards and on one travel website. With easy to read information and colorful illustrations, the author dwells into the creatures habits and lifestyle.
Jason Ruggles
Mar 04, 2011 Jason Ruggles rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
I loved this book. The illustrations are amazing, if a bit dated. And who knew there'd be a takeaway message at the end?
May 13, 2013 Lysa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book!!
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