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Secrets of the Gnomes

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  1,820 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Rien Poortvliet and Wil Huygen, collaborating once again as they did so successfully in Abrams' best-selling GNOMES, now reveal to thousands of eager readers their recent encounters in the mysterious world of those tiny folk. SECRETS OF THE GNOMES is the fascinating account of a long, arduous journey undertaken by the authors at the request of the gnomes. It is overflowing ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published January 1982 by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (first published 1981)
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
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 th
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Traveller
Jan 30, 2014 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
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Chantal
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Always wanted to read this book, but growing up it was to expensive. Until I found it in the thriftstore. Loved the story, learned a lot. Great drawings and I hope I find another book of Rien poortvliet soon.
Grada (BoekenTrol)
Jan 06, 2009 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
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Tonari
May 19, 2013 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

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Sam Fletcher
Jun 15, 2014 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.
Jessica Pixie
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Diana
Jun 09, 2013 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
Suze Geuke
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
deel twee van rien poortvliet! ohhhhh ik zou iedereen dit boek willen aansmeren! prachtige prenten en spitsvondige toespelingen op bestaande sprookjes en hoe ze zich zo een andere kijk op het leven aanmeten! kan menigeen van leren! en dat probeerde ik ook! ik denk dat dit een (of twee dan) van die boeken is die je niet meer loslaat. ja. echt onwijs onwijs onwijs leuk om door te neuzen.
Kara
Sep 24, 2008 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.
BRNTerri
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own-this, fantasy

This book was terrible and definitely not meant for children. It can't hold a candle to Gnomes and hasn't got the charm of Gnomes either. In the book both authors go on a journey all over the place, meeting a few different people and different animals. There's illustrations of gnomes from other countries. They even stay with a family and the men offer to let the men sleep with their wives! Here's a photo of Wil in bed with one of them. There are many topless female gnomes, including one where yo
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Sanne
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tijdens het lezen kwam ik er al snel achter dat dit een vervolg is op Leven en Werken van de Kabouter. Dom. Had ik moeten weten. Ken uw klassiekers!
Ik had ‘m aan de kant moeten leggen en eerst deel 1 gaan lezen, maar het lukte me niet! Wat een fascinerende wezens zijn het toch! Ik ben ontzettend jaloers op de makers van dit boek. Wat een ongelofelijk voorrecht om dat allemaal van dichtbij mee te mogen maken. Ik ben de makers dankbaar voor hun boeiende verslag. En ik ga gauw opzoek naar deel 1.
Dyslexic Bookmonster
The art of Rien Poortvliet is really an important part of children's stories in the 20th century. At least, that is what I often hear people say.

And I too love the lore behind his art and stories. The combination it very gripping. Though not everyone is a fan of Poortvliet's art.
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P.D. Maior
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I try to avoid fanciful Victorian chapbook renditions of the Faé or Noumenal and stay rather to high, archaic lore on such - ever once reinstancializing - aeonic realms; but this was such a lovely book for me as a child. I just had to rate it as a great book.
Agewen Stifford
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very breathtaking illustrations! I don't really into the story, there are so many facts about animals, surviving in nature, and magical creatures beside gnomes! I want to collect All of the Rien Poortvliet works! ...more
Jenny Wilson-Welder
Did not age well. Cute ideas in the first book, and some carried through in this, however, the racist names cannot be tolerated.
Trish
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, nonfiction
This is a neat book about gnomes.
Iiju
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Täydellinen.
Vera
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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Krk
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
The art is really nice and the story, for the most part, enjoyable. I was thrown off by the random references to Christian lore.
Mar
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Poortvliet and Huygen go to Northern countries--Finland/Sweden (Lapland) to learn more about the Gnomes found there. Again, beautiful artwork.
Jenni
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much. It's a piece of great art, containing details of every aspect of the world it delves into, from the cultural specificities of the gnome people in different parts of the world, to their engineering, sexualities, poetry, child-rearing, and on and on. So beautiful and thought-provoking, ending with a plea for humanity to tackle the many-headed creature of consumption that threatens destruction for the earth we share with the other-than-human world. It's essential reading f ...more
Marije
Aug 20, 2015 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.
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Mouse
Feb 25, 2016 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 hey...it's got Gnome tits!
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Elias
Jul 13, 2012 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. ...more
Marji
Nov 24, 2009 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!
flannery
Feb 26, 2012 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)
Linda
Nov 04, 2011 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 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 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? ...more
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