Abrams launched Gnomes into the hearts of Americans inand quickly racked up astrognomic sales in bookstores across the country, ultimately achieving aweek run on the New York Times best seller list Come join in the th anniversary fun as gnomania strikes again Did you know that gnome couples always have twin children Or that a gnome is seven times as strong as a human Do you want to hear some gossip from the gnome who knew Rembrandt Dutch artist Rien Poortvliet s charming illustrations and physician Wil Huygen s detailed observations of the gnomes habits, anatomy, and lifestyle are a delight for readers of all ages Children will adore the gnome family s underground home and the constant interaction with animals adults will appreciate the tongue in cheek scientific data Gnomebody is immune to the gnomes tremendous appeal and a whole new generation is waiting to love them for the first time


10 thoughts on “Gnomes

  1. Charissa Charissa says:

    This is one of my stranger andembarrassing 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 This is one of my stranger andembarrassing 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 Not surprising there were 400 people at our wedding, and it lasted four days.Well, like most marriages, one thing lead to another, and before you know it I was contemplating whether to smother him with a pillow or leave I opted for the legal thing Now here is where it gets weird Like most couples we registered for wedding gifts We received some china, silver and crystal stem ware I left him most of the china and silver, taking just one place setting of each as a token rememberence I also had some silver that my family gave me My ex started to act progressively weirder as our divorce dragged on, custody court, etc etc really long story and at one point I wound up basically winning the legal disputes we were having During this time I had a friend of my sister s living with me, helping me out with my daughter who was 4 at the time She was an older woman and extremely New Agey woo woo She told me that she had had a vision that my ex was possessed by the spirit of a gnome whose name was Hairy Tuff so not making that up She said that he continued to have power over me because of the gold and other precious metals he had given me One day my ex was visiting and saw inside my china cabinet the set of silver ware I had from our wedding He literally started jumping up and down, his face turning bright red, screaming at me, Thief Thief He insisted that the silver was his and he wanted it back Now, my ex husband is kinda short, has a pot belly, and is balding on top with Einstein like tufts of hair that stick out on the side He is also going grey and has a goatee and mustache I can t say he looks like the Travelocity gnome but he is definitely gnome like And jumping up and down like that I kept thinking oh my god, it s Rumplestiltskin.After this incident my wacko roommate convinced me that what I had to do to sever his hold over me was to take all the gold he had given me and bury it in the yard, giving it back to the gnome spirits Then he would have no power any Being newly sober and kinda stupid and impressionable, I did as she suggested I took my wedding band, my diamond engagement ring, a gold bracelet and watch and buried them in the yard at night, chanting a little giving back ritual over them.A few years later I had become best friends with a Jewish American Princess from Queens When I told her the story she spit out her food and yelled at me You did WHAT with diamonds ARE YOU INSANE So we got it into our heads that we would go back to my old house and dig up the stuff I had buried Now, the house was now rented to a young couple with a brand new baby Because we were already out and about shopping and stuff, we were dressed in mini skirts, fishnets, nice blouses and heels It was raining We showed up at this woman s door and asked her if it would be okay if we dug something up out of her yard, that I was the former tenent and I had buried my dead dog s ashes out under the tree She looked at us like we were insane and said, uhm, okay.So we proceeded to dig In the rain In our skirts and pumps But of course, I couldn t really remember EXACTLY where I had buried the stuff It had been dark It was somewhere NEAR the tree On a hillside Where there were other trees That were all kind of the sameish.We dug for four hours.In the rain.Eventually the woman s husband came home and was like uhm whatcha lookin for We told him my dog s ashes He said, really Cuz it kind of looks like you re looking for a dead body or something Heh heh heh nervously We couldn t really argue with him I m sure it must have looked well. odd.We never did find the damned jewelry To this day my best friend loves to point at lawn gnomes as say pssst Charissa it s looking at you.I say the gnomes took that gold I say it s why I won the court case and why, no matter how hard the man tries, he has never had any power over me since then I say digging in the rain in mini skirts is FUN goddamn it I say please pass my medication.Funny thing is now my dad sort of looks like one of those damn lawn gnomes He has a red woolen cap he wears in the winter, with his Santa beard and his enormous pot belly I tell you, the gnomes are after me They haunt me It s okay though they already have my gold whatcan they possibly take


  2. Christopher Christopher says:

    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 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 same craving, as the authors meticulously detail the fictional lives and societies of Gnomes with such a high degree of specificity that you begin to wonder if, just maybe, they had first hand experience with their subjects


  3. Chantal Chantal says:

    I wanted to read this book since I was a child Back then these books were very expensive and so I never got to see it until now These days you can find them easier at a thrift store I loved to read about gnomes I loved the drawings, they are beautiful I was thinking about things I really have seen in nature, maybe there is a thing like a gnome D.


  4. Ilana Ilana says:

    A childhood favourite I should find a copy to revisit and keep, as the last time I read it must ve been sometime in 1982 I remember being impressed by the beautiful watercolour illustrations which I kept coming back to again and again of these whimsical creatures, which are treated in this encyclopedia type book as very much being in existence Gnomes is considered the definitive work on gnome culture With a scholarly tone, it covers gnome architecture, education, medicine, courtship, and fam A childhood favourite I should find a copy to revisit and keep, as the last time I read it must ve been sometime in 1982 I remember being impressed by the beautiful watercolour illustrations which I kept coming back to again and again of these whimsical creatures, which are treated in this encyclopedia type book as very much being in existence Gnomes is considered the definitive work on gnome culture With a scholarly tone, it covers gnome architecture, education, medicine, courtship, and family and work life The Philadelphia Inquirer


  5. Jeanette (Again) Jeanette (Again) says:

    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 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 other woodland creatures The artwork is stupendous It took me a long time to get through the book because I spent a lot of time just gazing at the paintings.Thank goodness there are only 2 or 3 snotgurgles left in the world They re even scarier than trolls, and they can live to be 2,000 years old


  6. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    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 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 exploration of the lives of gnomes, presented as if it is a factual account, like a field study We learn about their body structures, likes and dislikes, personalities, courting and childrearing habits, hobbies and daily activites, home life, etc For example, gnomes have mice as pets and live in burrows but very cute and homey houses under trees, they have their own bee hives for honey, they like to provide first aide to animals, and female gnomes grow beards in old age The pictures are, mostly, extremely adorable I love the rosy cheeked gnomes and all the pretty woodland settings and the wildlife and seeing their little home and the table spread for breakfast Chandra, I can see where you would have been fascinated as a child I think I would have, too.Just a small caution a few images might be a bit unsettling to some children, like the picture of a gnome head first in a deer s mouth if you read the description you find he is getting out mouth worms or some such parasite which is gross, anyway but it looks like the deer is eating him Also, while a few sketches of topless, very well endowed female gnomes i.e., nursing gnome babies night simply fascinate or amuse children, I knowconservative parents would not approve.The end section contains several fables about gnomes.All in all, a delightful collection if you like gnomes but I don t think it will win any of you over if you aren t alerady fans


  7. Aaron Aaron says:

    Gnomes is a great 70s, realist watercolor illustrated, cryptozoologist fantasy that started the whole popular craze of the tiny, red dunce capped, earth dwelling folk called Gnomes Written as a Field Guide on the habits and habitat of these wee folk who would later take over gardens the world around.At second glance it s sort of surprising this book made the shelves at my elementary school s library Some of the images are down right graphic and gruesome To be honest I m not sure it was giv Gnomes is a great 70s, realist watercolor illustrated, cryptozoologist fantasy that started the whole popular craze of the tiny, red dunce capped, earth dwelling folk called Gnomes Written as a Field Guide on the habits and habitat of these wee folk who would later take over gardens the world around.At second glance it s sort of surprising this book made the shelves at my elementary school s library Some of the images are down right graphic and gruesome To be honest I m not sure it was given much scrutiny, it s about elves right Yay Funny how societal values and censorship have both progressed and regressed your mileage may vary If you re strict about what your youngins view, you might look this one over first There may also be a new edited version, but I know not the differences Otherwise an enjoyable book for the coffee table


  8. QNPoohBear QNPoohBear says:

    This is an important book in my family My grandparents owned a copy and we kids enjoyed hearing stories about gnomes Nissen and tales of Norway my grandmother heard from her grandmother My brother and sister in law spent time in Iceland, where many people believe gnomes, fairies and elves walk among us They picked up a copy of this book and dressed their newborn son up as a gnome for Halloween one year Another reason we loved this book is because it was the basis for one of our favorite TV This is an important book in my family My grandparents owned a copy and we kids enjoyed hearing stories about gnomes Nissen and tales of Norway my grandmother heard from her grandmother My brother and sister in law spent time in Iceland, where many people believe gnomes, fairies and elves walk among us They picked up a copy of this book and dressed their newborn son up as a gnome for Halloween one year Another reason we loved this book is because it was the basis for one of our favorite TV shows David the Gnome on Nickelodeon The stories of gnomes and the show have been passed on to the next generation and I hope the book will get passed down as well


  9. Ami Ami says:

    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 Magical Kn 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 Magical Knowledge, because I am LOVE LOVE LOVE


  10. Stephen Robert Collins Stephen Robert Collins says:

    The festival able of Beltane this fun book full of illustrations serious facts for nuts like me who believe in fairy s at the bottom of the garden instead of weeds.If enjoy good fun this book you love The festival able of Beltane this fun book full of illustrations serious facts for nuts like me who believe in fairy s at the bottom of the garden instead of weeds.If enjoy good fun this book you love