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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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Charissa
Mar 18, 2008 Charissa rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Chris
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...more
Kathryn
Dec 02, 2008 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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?

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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...more
Jeanette
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...more
Ami
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...more
Celine
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.
Heather
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.
Chris
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.
Sally
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."
Jim
A great source on these creatures with wonderful artwork.
Thom Foolery
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
Janelle
Apr 18, 2014 Janelle rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Tiffany
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
Melissa
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 http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31...) and so this book was a very exciting discovery.

If you enjoy thinking about the life...more
Randy


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...more
Turner
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.
Anton
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.
Saretta
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.
Jonathan Culver
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.
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.
Agnieszka
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.
Sylvester
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.
Fj
Feb 07, 2012 Fj added it
impressive work on gnomes. everything you need to know about this imaginary creatures, from clothing to sex life. it cracked my childhood.
Angela
This is one of my favorite books ever - ever - ever! It was a very sad day when it was ruined in a fire from smoke damage.
Velvetink
Library borrow; lots of facts about gnomes. Cute drawings.
Anna
I loved this book so much when I was young.
* Barbara *
il mio libro amatissimo da piccola.
Tracy
I have fond memories of this book. The year it was published, it was the go-to Christmas gift for SF and fantasy readers, which is how I think I got my copy. It is written like an old fashioned field guide with annotations (think James Audubon and his bird folios) so part of its appeal is the pseudo-natural science. In fact, I believe it influenced the later design and publication of Dougal Dixon's After Man and New Dinosaurs, as well as numrous guides to fairies, goblins and other beasties that...more
Larissa
For hundreds of years gnomes have watched, listened, advised, assisted and inspired us. Known for their wisdom, patience and kindness to small animals, gnomes have always been there as an essential part of nature. At times they have even been known to assist those in need, council those with difficulties and on occasion teach the unpleasant among us a hard lesson.

Elusive and cunning, these happy little men with their affinity for animals and knowledge of plant life run about the night on their s...more
Trike
I remember when this book came out back 1977, around the same time Star Wars was released. (Might have been the same week.) I bought it with my hoarded money because there was nothing like it at the time. I must've read it two dozen times, and loaned it out just as often. Like Star Wars, it was a watershed moment and a huge hit; all of the hundreds of similar books that have been released since then are direct descendants of this masterpiece.

Garden gnomes were around before this book was publish...more
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