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Marina Halak (Mauer) is a children's book illustrator from Ukraine. Currently living in Germany Marina has been inspired by her own childhood, children, nature, magical moments and fairy tales. Marina loves spending time with her husband and her dog. She also enjoys traveling, cooking, collecting picture books and all magical things, including reading books.


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What inspired you to pursue illustrating?

Books and drawing were always my passion. After years of struggling in a job that didn't fit me, I quit and started doing what I love most. The "game changer" was a creative workshop.


What do you love most about the work you do?

The children's book community is the loveliest community in the world. I meet and work with very interesting, friendly, and brilliant people - this is what I love most. Well, and the freedom, too!


What was your first job? Was it related to the work that you do now?

I was an architect. I studied architecture and worked in that job for 4 years. 


What’s your favourite thing to do in your free time, outside of work? Any hobbies or other interests?

Definitely fitness, I'm a gym junkie! Also spending time with my family and reading. 


Did you like reading as a child? If so, do you have a favourite childhood book?

Yes! I was a lucky child with lots of picture books! My favourites were fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen.

Marina's latest illustrated book with Hungry Tomato is the fantastic Dogs. A stunning book, full of character and fun, life-like illustrations of 100 brilliant breeds. With such engaging artwork, it’s sure to become a bookshelf favourite!


Look out for her next book Cats - coming in 2024!

To view more of Marina's fantastic illustrations and portfolio, visit her website at

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