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Yossi Abulafia (Hebrew: יוסי אבולעפיה; born in 1945 in Tiberias) is an Israeli writer and illustrator of children's books, as well as a graphic artist, cartoonist, director and screenwriter of animation films.
Abulafia was born in Tiberias in 1945 in what was then the British Mandate of Palestine. At age 17, he was accepted to Israel's national school of art "Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design". He graduated from the school after majoring graphic design for 4 years. After his military service Abulafia began to work in the Israeli Channel 1 as graphic artist and cartoonist.
In 1975 Abulafia illustrated the back cover for Kaveret's third album Crowded in the Ear (צפוף באוזן) which was a collage of images illustrating the various songs on the album in the style of the famous Monty Python illustrations done by Terry Gilliam.
Towards the mid-1980s Abulafia moved to North America, where he worked for six years as an animation producer and as a director in both Canada and the United States. During these years Abulafia began to illustrate and write children's books, both for Israelis and for Americans.
In 1990 Abulafia published the children's book HaKina Nechama which was written by Meir Shalev and illustrated by Abulafia. The book, which describes the adventures of a Louse named Nechama, became very popular and influential in Israel and was adapted to other media numerous times.
In 1999 Abulafia created all the transition animated clips of the 1999 Eurovision song contest held in Israel, which were based on the stories of the Bible.
Abulafia used to illustrate for the Israeli newspapers Hadashot and Ma'ariv, and served as the head of the animation department at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, which he established together with Hanan Kaminski.
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Notable books illustrated by Yossi Abulafia
- Am I Beautiful? (by Else Holmelund Minarik)
- Clean House (by Jessie Haas)
- Harry's Pony (by Barbara Ann Porte)
- It's Valentine's Day (by Jack Prelutsky)
- My Parents Think I'm Sleeping (by Jack Prelutsky)
- Moving Day (by Robert Kalan)
- Sapphire-Weitz, Carmit (May 13, 2009). "Made Comfort and Me – Interview with Yossi Abulafia" (in Hebrew). Nrg. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
- Yossi Abulafia's Homepage
- Yossi Abulafia at the Internet Movie Database
- Yossi Abulafia on dafdaf.co.il (Hebrew)
- Yossi Abulafia – on the Am Oved website (Hebrew)
- Yossi Abulafia – review on The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature (English)
- Yossi Abulafia also knows how to tell a story – article published on Nrg Maariv on May 11, 2009 (Hebrew)
- Interview with Yossi Abulafia – article published on Nrg Maariv on May 13, 2009 (Hebrew)
- Review of Yossi Abulafia's books on simania.co.il (Hebrew)