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Gnomes Hardcover – May 1, 1977
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About the Author
Wil Huygen was born in Amersfoort, Holland, in 1923, the seventh of ten children. A physician and children's author, Huygen has recently taken up oil painting. He still lives in Holland with his wife and has five grown children of his own. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
It has a believable and detailed discussion of the food is are most loved by gnomes, how they raise their children, when they marry, where they live, what sorts of pets they have (cute mice in little baskets!) and how they tend to animals in the wild. The section which shows a cut away of their house is worth the purchase price alone - the imagination and thought that has gone into this book is amazing.
So if you want a little whimsy in your library, or on your coffee table, this is the book for you. If you want a book with magnificently detailed ilustrations, this is a book for you. Overall I think it is a book for everyone who is young at heart, or who likes a little magic in their everyday lives.
For the art lover, this book is filled with wonderful illustrations! It was illustrated by Rien Poortvliet, and I will be doing an article on him later, for those who are interested.
This book is a must have for any fantasy lover. It is formatted as a diary of Gnome facts and sightings. Many of the illustrations are accompanied by hand-written notes. The book covers all aspects of Gnome life, from birth to marriage, and on to death. Each subject is carefully organized, and written about fully!
The book also briefly covers other mythological figures, of a more sinister nature. They discuss the conection that gnomes have with these creatures of darkness.
At the end of the book are a few fairy tales about gnomes, these brought back many fond memories of my father reading them to me before bed time!
One small note of caution; there is some nudity, and some graphic images of injuries, so I would not reccommend this book for small children. Parents, use your own judgement and preview before purchasing!
It is wonderfully written and illustrated. The descriptions are so well written and so detailed that you shouldn't be surprised to find yourself absently staring at your own garden trying to capture a glimpse of the Gnomes yourself. This is a great read and would make a wonderful present for yourself or someone you know looking to add just a little bit of magic to their lives.
In addition to the awesome pictures, this book covers everything on gnomes and I mean everything...anatomy, physiology, medicine, transportation, family life, types of gnomes and where they live...and much, much more. My favorite part is the illustration of the house. This is a great book for children, for the young at heart, and for those interested in "imaginary" beings.
**FYI, there are pictures of naked gnomes, so you may want to look through this book before allowing young children to see it. **
I think the most extraordinary thing about it is that it has no age range - it really is for anyone and everyone......
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased for my son as a birthday gift. He collects gnomes of every kind. I think the book will be a welcome addition for him. Read morePublished 2 days ago by caroline rose
I bought this specifically for the illustrations, I have 2 copies, I had planned to cut one up to frame some of the better illustrations, but cannot bring myself to do it. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Crystal
NOT for children. I bought this book for my small children, however there are some nudity and cruelty images. I had to tear out 7 pages and might tear out a few more. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Tali
A book from our childhood that I bought for my brother for Christmas. They used to scare him when we were kids, dad I think kinda got a kick out of it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Krissy Wagner
This book is so much fun! Unless you happen to be a female. Then it is pretty disappointing. Near the beginning, it has a drawing of a half-naked (boobs) female and says they... Read morePublished 1 month ago by persimmon_pie
The most beloved book of my childhood, I re-read it every time I visit my grandpa's house. It ages beautifully.Published 1 month ago by amdove