I was fortunate enough to get a mint-condition copy of this out-of-print book, a sequal to the New York Times #1 bestseller masterpiece GNOMES. While that book was more of an encyclopedia format, this is an actual storybook (though still complete with pages and pages of informarion on Gnomes' lives), and a damned good one at that. In fact, this is on my Top Three list of favorite books of all time. The illustrations are what would probably attract most people, as they easily rival the best of Alan Lee and Brian Froud. But take time to actually (and throughly) read it; you will be stunned at it's ability to make you think a great deal. One of the few books I have ever read to truly deserve the word "magical".