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A re-launch of the illustrated observations of gnome habits, anatomy and lifestyle designed for all age groups.
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published May 1st 1977 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 1976)
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Mar 18, 2008 Charissa rated it liked it
Recommends it for: no one! stay away from gnomes!! I warn you!!
Recommended to Charissa by: some evil person
Shelves: crack
This is one of my stranger and more embarrassing tales.

For some bizarre reason, gnomes are a recurring theme in my life. Someone gave me this book the month I was getting married. I thought the gnome man and woman were cute, ad I bought a gnome man and woman as our wedding cake toppers. For our thank you notes after the wedding I bought a postcard of a gnome couple sitting by the side of a lake, fishing. The cake topper couple disappeared the night of the wedding and I have never seen them since
Aug 13, 2007 Chris rated it it was amazing
This book fascinated me as a kid -- my dad was an engineer, so I was drawn to the technical drawings, diagrams, and labels. Within the sphere of the fantasy geek, I was most drawn to the "complete world" authors like Tolkien, authors who didn't just create characters and plots but entire worlds, cultures, and linguistic systems. It's telling that my favorite part of "Return of the The King" is the appendices, and I spent many hours translating phrases into Dwarven Runes.

This book fulfills that s
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Tom Robbins once wrote, "Those who shun the whimsy of things will experience rigor mortis before death." So if you think you're too sophisticated for this big, delightful book, check your pulse and the rigidity of your limbs!

This is the definitive work on all things gnome. Playful and whimsical for sure, but these guys take their gnome studies seriously. ;-) They cover every aspect of gnome life including marriage, home building, food, medicine, friends, enemies, and services gnomes provide for
Dec 02, 2008 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gnome fans
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Okay, here is the review that most of you have been waiting for, haha! Is "Gnomes" cute? or scary?




Mostly cute, with a dash of "um, really...!?" tossed in that will probaby count as "scary" for those of you not already predisposed to like gnomes.

Now, I admit that I have not read this word-for-word as it's much longer than I was expecting, but I've done a fair amount of perusing and my review is based off this.

First of all, the entire idea is absolutely fascinating and charming--a little
Feb 10, 2010 Ami rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirit-matters, 2010
I've loved this book for a long time, but keep forgetting to name it as one of my favorite books of all time. For posterity, I'll do that here--this book and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (and sequels) are my FAVORITE BOOKS OF ALL TIME. And Rose just gave me my very own copy!!

For those of you not familiar with this awesome book, it is written as a scientific field guide to gnomes. David & I read through it a little bit at a time. I flip the pages & make like I'm exposing him to Ma
Oct 26, 2011 Celine rated it it was amazing
How can I not have added this to my library before? I have had my edition since I was a child ( It was my lovely dad's)Its so worn and well loved that I'm almost afraid to take it from the shelf in case it falls apart.
An absolute joy.
Jan 27, 2015 Janelle rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves gnomes
It has become apparent that I have well and truly lost my sense of magic. When I was a teenager I was entranced by Gnomes. My school library stocked it as a reference item, and many a lunchtime was spent poring over it. Eventually I left school and Gnomes behind, but for many years wished I could find another copy and revisit the world of Gnomes. Imagine my excitement then when I discovered a second hand copy at a local bookstore. I eagerly handed over my $3, rushed it home, and discovered… the ...more
Mar 08, 2016 Feseven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Che ricordi... lo sapevo a memoria, conoscevo tutte le abitudini, usi e costumi degli gnomi.
Mi ricorda tantissimo la mia infanzia, passavo un sacco di tempo a sfogliarlo e a costruire con la mente viaggi fantastici insieme agli gnomi.
Forse le grafiche oggi risulterebbero poco accattivanti, ma secondo me è un must have per i bambini!!!
Dec 06, 2007 Heather rated it it was amazing
This was one of my absolute favorite books when I was young. My wonderful mother bought it for me as a birthday present on year, and it filled me with a sense of wonder. I would spend some of my afternoons wandering the forest, looking for potential gnome homes amidst the trees. My eyes ready to spot a pointed red cap, peeking out from behind a pile of twigs. This book still enchants me. A fabulous gift for children of any age.
Aug 19, 2012 Haliation rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faery
Finally got my hands on this after years of wanting it. It is a first edition (in English) printing, too, and I got it for a whopping $3. It is gorgeous, and well worth the wait. The noise I made when I found it was -incredible-, and I REGRET NOTHING.
I sat down with it and literally read it from cover to cover. It is delicious.
447635325 stars, if I could. I love gnomes, okay?
Feb 25, 2016 Mouse rated it it was amazing
I don't think I truly ever read this book from start to finish but I probably looked through it at different times and in different places about fifty times. It's a nostalgic masterpiece from my childhood. I remember my German cousins had it and I didn't know how to get my hands on it but I looked through theirs a bunch of times. Eventually I found it years later in a book store here in the U.S. and was able to give a much better look through.
I recently saw it at my local library and snagged a c
Mar 02, 2009 Sally rated it really liked it
Shelves: eye-candy
My favorite line so far (aside from the fun illustrations):

"although the female gnome has a substantial bosom, decreased gravity (at her height) allows her to go through life unencumbered by a brassiere."
My brother had this book when I was little. I absolutely loved the pictures and the "research" with diagrams about the gnome and the life of the gnome. However, it was the trolls that caused the biggest thrill. They were horrible, nasty creatures, and the descriptions of their terrible and cruel ways were bad enough, but the artwork of those stinking, bug-infested creatures! My friend and I would scare ourselves to hysterics when we were about 10 or so, well into the nights when she was sleeping ...more
Jan 06, 2008 Turner rated it really liked it
This coffee-table-sized book was a present my mom gave my dad back when I was very tiny.
It rather quickly became (in all but name) my book: Dad didn't get very into it, but I was fascinated by the concept of this whole little world of sentient beings we just overlook in our hurly-burly modern world.

I haven't looked between the covers in years- God knows what I'd think now.
Jan 03, 2016 Larissa rated it it was amazing
I can’t believe I had gone through so many years, working in libraries, without discovering this gem until this past week. Since gnomes make up a big part of this year’s summer reading theme, I have a gnome display on the bulletin board in the children’s area. One of my coworkers and I started talking about the nature of gnomes, and she showed me this deluxe edition of “Gnomes” by Wil Huygen.

Admittedly, I haven’t read many books about gnomes, but I would bet that this book is the ultimate and de
I was given this book when I was a child. It was one of those childhood books that I constantly read and re-read. The stories and the illustrations have to been deeply embedded into my brain. The book is a lavish book. Huygen did such a good job with the details.
Jonathan Culver
Jul 26, 2012 Jonathan Culver rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
I don't know what it is...but I love this book. It just does such a good job of making it seem like a legitimate report on the habits of real gnomes. I fully intend to buy my children a copy one day. I didn't even read it until I was a teenager and still loved it.
Beverly J.
Aug 25, 2013 Beverly J. rated it it was amazing
I remember picking this up and thumbing through it in 1982. This time I actually sat down and read the entire thing. It was awesome and the final chapter was a testament to our society. Amazing that it was written in 1976. Highly recommend.
May 05, 2010 Sylvester rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi, art
Gotta love the gnomes! Had this book when I was a child, and really really hoped I would run into a gnome somewhere in the woods one day! Loved it.
Jan 23, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very, very cute book about Gnomes. Tongue in cheek. I was very fascinated with it when I was a child, and I still remember it to this day.
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
A great source on these creatures with wonderful artwork.
Little people‒trolls and gnomes especially‒loom large in my childhood memories. The crazy-haired troll dolls made a comeback in the late 70s, and the little Smoky Mountain towns my parents liked to visit were haunted by Norwegian troll statues and "Arensbak trolls" made from logs, nuts, and pine cones. There were also the Smurfs, who made their entrance into my life on a family vacation to Florida, as little blue vinyl figurines with stubby blue tails living in plastic mushrooms for sale at the ...more
Sep 03, 2010 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was my own secret discovery for a long time.

Left outside of a neighbor's front door with a bunch of nondescript paperbacks, as a child I took this book up to my room and marveled at every beautiful hand-written and illustrated page. I was obsessed with fairy tales in my childhood (the colored Fairy books as well as very old classics like The Brownies and so this book was a very exciting discovery.

If you enjoy thinking about the life
Chris S.
Jul 06, 2015 Chris S. rated it it was amazing
I just love this book. I read it over and over while in school. When ever we had to go to the library I went straight to this book.
Jun 14, 2015 Papalodge rated it it was amazing
It took me many years to make the time to read this coffee-table book. What a rewarding experience.

Written in an easy going style, so comfortable.
Wil Nuygen a natural story teller.

The Rien Poorvliet illustrations nailed it. Rock on !.

Why Gnomes Shake Their Heads -
Tomte, picked up the book, "There is much more in here about the destruction of our good and beautiful workd.... In my lifetime alone (400+ years) there have not been twenty-five years without a war going on somewehre in the world."
Feb 12, 2014 Randy rated it really liked it

Wil Huygen reports on his interviews and observations of gnomes over a period of twenty years. Widely distributed in Europe, particularly Scandinavia and the British Isles, gnomes are found in a few localities in the United States including, I am pleased to report, North Puget sound’s coastal areas.

I expect they are found on islands as well because the gnome has learned to use the otter to cross streams and other bodies of water.

Gnomes are tiny creatures who wear pointy hats and live for hundr
Nov 27, 2007 Anton rated it it was amazing
This book has pictures of gnomes houses, gnomes going to the toilet, and gnomes in the nude (where's the federal government when you need them? stop gnome pornography!).

If you're a child, an adult who likes to act like a child, or a gnome looking to build his or her dream house, then this book is for you.
May 03, 2012 Saretta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un pezzo di infanzia che mi sono persa (per quanto possibile ho rimediato).
Libro veramente carino e molto ben illustrato, contiene gli usi e costumi degli gnomi e delle storie di cui sono protagonisti.
Ottimo per fare un regalo a un bambino, soprattutto ora che il contatto con la natura va a perdersi.
Agnieszka Mauch
Feb 16, 2015 Agnieszka Mauch rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-polish, owned
When I was little, I deemed the book quite weird and scary. The illustrations were at fault, mostly. But I liked it nonetheless! Planning to re-read it so the rating will probably change.
Feb 22, 2016 Nikki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
insanely sexist, embarrassing number of boob drawings, parts too heavy for bedtime reading to a 4yo, but still we loved reading this one despite ourselves
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