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Go BIG or Go Gnome!

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  278 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Laugh your whiskers off with Albert the Gnome in this charming and funny picture book about friendship, self-acceptance — and beards!

A beard is the biggest point of pride for a Gnome, but poor Al can't sprout a single whisker. Each year, Al feels left out of the Beards International Gnome-athalon, B.I.G.

So Al decides to go BIG or go Gnome! It’s a close shave, but with a hi
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by Imprint
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Sara Grochowski
Very cute! Will pair well with all the other beard-love books out there.
D'Iberville Library
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
So puntastic! Absolutely adorable story of a little gnome who just cannot grow a beard and the B.I.G (Beards International Gnome-athlon) festival has arrived. Can Al fool the judge to win a trophy this year? Gnomebody knows!

Highly recommended! Especially for pun lovers!
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The actual cutest/best ever.
Jul 13, 2017 added it
Shelves: picture-books
Loads of fun and adorable illustrations.
Juli Anna
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute and I loved all the wordplay. My biggest complaint is just a systemic complaint of competitions being a major plot device in picture books, but oh well.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The title got me interested but the whimsical and bright illustrations kept me reading this story of one gnome trying to find his place in his community. I want to use this title for a gnome, garden, or mythical creature party.
This fun picture book tells the story of Albert, a little gnome who is unable to grow a beard. All the other gnomes grow huge beards, and even have special contests for beards. When Al is unable to fake a beard, he leaves and goes home. It isn't long before his true talent becomes apparent to everyone. The book has a good message for young readers to be true to themselves and to not become discouraged. Everyone has unique talents and abilities. Charming, colorful illustrations make this a terrif ...more
Beth Kakuma-Depew
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, picture-books
A very quirky picture book set in a pastoral fantasy village that looks a lot like a suburb (even down to the mostly white, with a few brown faces demographic). The professional reviews point out that the writing is weak. But I love the small details of the art, and the ending is the best! It leaves open the story to more possible villages of gnomes, (or gnomettes). Great first fantasy story for preschoolers.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Poor Albert the Gnome. He can't grow a beard. This makes it impossible for him to compete in the biggest event of the year: the Beards International Gnome-athlon. Best friend, Gnorm, tries to help, but things don't go quite as they planned. Could it be that Al has an even better talent to contribute to everygnome?
Kat Harrison
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Go Big or Go Gnome" has a little something for readers of all ages: puns for the parents and tongue-tumbling alliteration for all. While Al, the beardless gnome, is the intended star of this literary show - he's less memorable than the magical world Mayer and Horton were able to create, with punchy text and a very pleasant platter of beard-forward illustrations.
Caroline Herfindahl
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What is a gnome to do when he is the only one who can’t grow a beard, especially when the B.I.Ggest gnome event is coming up - the Beards International Gnome-athon? Al tries everything to try to enter the contest and along the way discovers his real beard talents. This is a fun story full of delightful illustrations that my story time children loved!
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
What a super adoragnome book! I'm obsessed with gnomes and once I saw this book at work I knew I had to read it.

The plot sort of reminded me of Edward Scissorhands, but that's ok :)

The artwork is really cute and simple. Definitely perfect for the story!
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I love gnomes, and I'm glad that there's a picture book out there, but man, it seems hard to do gnomes well. This is more of a beard appreciation story than anything else... but I did really like the illustrations, even if the story was a little odd.
Brandy Shark
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-books
(First book of 2018!)

If I could give this book more than five stars, I would. The art, the puns, the word play. Al becoming a mini-Edward Scissorhands. This book is practically perfect in every way, I can't wait to see more from this universe (I hope).
Haley Shaffer
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, 2017
Cute book about a gnome who can't grow a beard. Who doesn't love gnomes? I thought this was an adorable story and book.
Valentina Aloisi
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well written for my little ones, great illustrations and good message about winning and loosing
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full of whimsy and beards.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
LOVE the illustrations, story's pretty cute too.
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
You don't have the talents your friends have? So what!? Find what you're the best at, and do it!
'Gnomebody' can do what you do as well as you!
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
omg this was so cute I have totally got to get this book - not even for my niblings man, like, just for me :D
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Nice pictures, nice enough story about a gnome who can't grow a beard trying to enter a beard competition with all his other gnome friends.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beardless gnome can't enter the best beard contest and feels left out. He tries a few fake beards until he finds his true way of helping his friends.
Jessa McCauley
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Kids’ favorite part was comparing the gnomes’ beards to daddy’s.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
To me, gnomes are smelly, closed-minded creatures -- not without their charm but not cutesy, sickly sweet like what you'll find in this book.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love. So many wonderful illustrations, and I love that Al is accepted without being made to fit in.
Fun message about finding your own talents, have some fun play on words with beard/mustashe humor. Some of the pages the text is chaotic and does not flow well. Fun illustrations.
Tracy Mabry
Might be great for a read-aloud!
Cristina Castor
Great for gnome/hair/woodland storytime!
Stacia Leigh
Super cute illustrations with a cute story about gnomes and beards. Not sure what happened with the ending though.
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