Gnome Attack Book

HOW TO SURVIVE A GARDEN GNOME ATTACK was optioned for film by Sony in 2011. It has been translated into Italian and Japanese.

HOW TO SURVIVE A GARDEN GNOME ATTACK (Ten Speed Press / Random House, Sept. 2010) is a survival guide that will save not only your life, but the lives of your children and loved ones. Congratulations on taking this important step toward safety and a gnome-free life. (Buy it here on Amazon!) In 2009 alone, there were 987 attacks recorded by the Gnome Attacks Hotline based out of Berlin, Germany. Don’t bother asking your local authorities about these attack–they can’t corral the data like we can. The fact is that if the public knew about how many gnomeowners are mauled and attacked each year by their own statues, the public would erupt into mass chaos.

How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack is a humor book (satire), released in fall 2010 and has been featured by such media outlets as Reader’s Digest, USA Today, The New York Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and AOL News. The book has been translated into Italian, German, and Japanese.

Upon the book’s release, it was in the top 10 humor books in the country sales-wise, alongside two Chelsea Handler books as well as titles by Tucker Max, Max Brooks, Seth Grahame-Smith, and the Harvard Lampoon.

The Possible Film Adaptation (Sony Pictures)

In summer 2011, Sony Pictures Animation as well as director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Cast Away) optioned the film rights to the book. This news was covered by places like Variety, IMDB,, The Hollywood Reporter, and many more.



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HOW TO SURVIVE A GARDEN GNOME ATTACK on a Barnes & Noble endcap for Halloween.

My book in a random shop in Washington State. It’s such a thrill when people send you pictures of your book in random places.

My dog, Graham, clearly oblivious to that fact that this gnome is very dangerous.

Coverage of the book in Reader’s Digest. The book also received coverage from the New York Times, USA Today, AOL News, The Hollywood Reporter, and more.


4 Comments to “Gnome Attack Book”

  1. I believe David the Gnome had a fox and helped the animals. Send me a copy of this book via email is fine.

  2. […] same name. The book is more of a survival guide than striaght out novel, and on Sambuchino’s official website, he says the following: In 2009 alone, there were 987 attacks recorded by the Gnome Attacks Hotline […]

  3. I’d love to review HOW TO SURVIVE A GARDEN GNOME ATTACK on my blog! It sounds awesome. We have an ongoing gnome joke in our family & this book would fit right in to our gnome hijinx!
    Can’t wait to read it!
    Mandee at

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