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Publication Date: September 5th, 2023
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Gnomes is a serious book about a charming little topic. Styled as a biology textbook, it examines all the aspects of gnome life, from their physiology to their homes to their cuisine. These are not the cute little folk of a Disney movie. Huygen and Poortvliet’s gnomes are fully-drawn characters. Gnomes was a huge hit when it was first published in 1977, and it’s as charming now as it was then.

— David


An updated and revised edition of the New York Times bestseller Gnomes, the beloved illustrated survey of gnome life, history, and lore, which has sold astronomically since its original publication in 1977.
Introduction by Brian Froud, conceptual designer of the Jim Henson films The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth
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 full-color 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!

About the Author

Brian Froud has created some of the most respected and highly acknowledged mythic artwork of our time. He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo Award for Best Original Artwork.