This book was pretty bizarre; ran across it randomly. I was motivated to read it because the title immediately brought to mind Maurice Sendak's [b:Outside Over There|120711|Outside Over There|Maurice Sendak|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1356057847s/120711.jpg|1060865]. This book has none of the haunting power or extraordinary artwork of that one, however. It's not bad; I actually enjoyed the part with the toads. But the gnomes were too cutesy for me, and the ending too light and fluffy. It seemed as if the book started to build on a slightly disturbing tack, and then abruptly changed its course: "Never mind!" Off-putting. I will say that some of the illustrations were lovely; however, not enough to salvage the story.