Judging A Book By Its Cover: Gnomes Pop-Up

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

I recently found this gem on Instagram and was excited to add another pop-up book to my collection. It’s designed by John Strejan with paper engineering by Tor Lokvig and handwriting by Diane Kosowski. Published in 1979 by Harry N. Abrams Inc, adapted from Rien Poortvliet & Wil Huugen’s Gnomes, ISBN: 0810909669. You can check out my Judging Post on the full-length Gnomes book here.

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Gnomes

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

I loved looking at my mum’s copy of Gnomes as a kid, especially because it takes a realistic “field guide” approach to gnome life. Yes…gnome life. I’m going with that. It’s by Wil Huygen, originally published in 1977. I wanted to photograph every page because I love all the little hand-written notes.