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Gabriella Klepatski

Gabriella Klepatski was born and educated in Poland, but has lived for nearly 30 years in New Zealand. Gabriella is a qualified architect, but her real passion is illustrating.
Gabriella has worked for most New Zealand publishing houses, illustrating books for authors such as Dorothy Butler, Margaret Mahy, Diana Noonan and recently Melinda Szymanik. Her biggest fascination lies with people of all kinds, all ages, in all sorts of situations and moods.
Selected bibliography:
  • Where's Isabella? text by Dorothy Butler (Reed 1992).
  • Birthday Rain text by Dorothy Butler (Random House 1993).
  • Breakdown Day text by Dorothy Butler (Ashton Scholastic 1994).
  • My Monkey Martha text by Dorothy Butler (Reed 1995).
  • Smile Please, Martha text by Dorothy Butler (Reed 1995).
  • Jive's Pippi Diggers – A Tale of Sand, Shellfish and Toes text by Phillipa King (Penguin 2003).
  • Zerealda's Horses text by Margaret Mahy [Kiwibites] (Penguin 2005).
  • The House That Went To Sea text by Melinda Szymanik (Duck Creek Press 2011).
  • Made With Love text by Melinda Szymanik (Duck Creek Press 2012).
  • White Ravens List 1994 for Where's Isabella?
  • AIM Children’s Book Awards: Picture Book Shortlist 1994 for Birthday Rain.
Other resources:


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