A newly reissued edition of the beloved illustrated survey of gnome life, history, and lore, which has sold astronomically since its original publication in 1977


ISBN: 9781419769856 Category:

Wil Huygen


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!

Additional information

Weight 1320 g
Dimensions 21.7 x 30.8 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 7 September 2023
Number of pages 224
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Rien Poortvliet, Introduction by Brian Froud
Dimensions 21.7 x 30.8 cm
Weight 1320 g


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Wil Huygen was born in Amersfoort, Holland, in 1923, the seventh of ten children. A physician, children’s author, and oil painter, he lived in Holland with his wife until his death in 2009 at 86 years old. Huygen has five grown children of his own.
Rien Poortvliet (1932–1995), was a Dutch artist and illustrator best known for his drawings of animals.