Children’s books in 14 languages
Not wanting to be confined, the independent artist turned his back on the successful graphic arts business he had built and took up large-scale wall and oil painting. It was around this time that Grisons writer Selina Chönz’ approached Alois Carigiet to illustrate her Schellen-Ursli children’s story.
Written during the final years of World War II, the story plays in a small Swiss mountain village and reflects some of the Zeitgeist of war-surrounded Switzerland. A brave young mountain boy fights fate and is rewarded for his brave hike onto the mountain top. Published in 1945, the book was an instant success and continues to be read by children in 14 languages around the world.
Other children’s books follow which Alois Carigiet both writing and illustrating, such as Zottel, Zick und Zwerg – a mountain boy’s adventure when minding the village goats on the Alp – and Birnbaum, Birke, Berberitze, the story of thieving magpies.