|Born||Willibrord Joseph Huygen
June 23, 1922
|Died||January 14, 2009
Wil (Willibrord Joseph) Huygen (June 23, 1922 in Amersfoort, Netherlands – January 14, 2009 in Bilthoven, Netherlands), was a Dutch book author. He is best known for the picture books on Gnomes, illustrated by Rien Poortvliet.
Huygen, a painter in his own right, was born in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. The seventh of ten children, his primary occupation was that of a physician. This helps to explain the method he used to give realism and a sense of authenticity to his children's books about gnomes. He was married and had five children.
The first and most well known in this series is Gnomes (published in 1977, and originally known as Leven en werken van de Kabouter in Dutch). It was on top of the bestseller list of the New York Times for over a year. In the second book (De oproep der Kabouters) both Huygen and Poortvliet make appearances themselves in both the story and the illustrations as they get contacted by the gnomes because of Gnomes book they have written together. Huygen died January 14, 2009. He was 86 years old.
- Gnomes (1977)
- The Pop-Up Book of Gnomes (1979)
- The Gnome Book of Christmas Crafts (1980)
- Gnome Games (1980, Designed by Larry Evans)
- Secrets of the Gnomes (1981)
- Gnomes and Their Families (1983)
- Gnomes with Animals (1983)
- The Book of the Sandman and the Alphabet of Sleep (1989)
- Gnome Life (1999)
- O'Connor, John J. (November 11, 1980). "TV: Animated 'Gnomes' and Saturn Rendezvous". The New York Times. Retrieved August 14, 2010.
- Lingeman, Richard R. (December 25, 1977). "Snotgurgles Were Enemies". The New York Times. Retrieved August 14, 2010.
- Schuessler, Jennifer (March 11, 2011). "Inside the List". The New York Times.
- "vlabin-vbc literair nieuws — Jeugdschrijver Wil Huygen overleden". Vlabinvbc.be. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
- Biography at FantasyLibrary.net, incorrectly assumes Wil to be female