He is considered the father and inventor of the popular hidden object books. Picture book author Ali Mitgutsch has now passed away. The author and artist was 86 years old.
Born in Munich, he has been illustrating children’s books since the mid-1960s. Ali Mitgutsch received many prizes in his career: In 1969 the “father of the hidden object books” was awarded the German Children’s and Young People’s Literature Prize, and later the Hans Christian Andersen Prize. Even the Federal Cross of Merit, which was presented to him in 2018, is one of his awards and honors. As the Ravensburger Verlag, where many of the artist’s books appeared, announced that Mitgutsch died on the evening of January 10, 2022 in Munich. He was 86 years old.
Clemens Maier, CEO of Ravensburger AG, confirmed the death and paid tribute to the deceased’s successful career: “In all the decades that it has accompanied us at the publishing house, Ali Mitgutsch’s work has lost none of its charisma and fascination. As the son of the publisher at the time, I am with them grew up with his books, just like my children now. We are sad but grateful that we were allowed to accompany him for so long. “
“To this day, his pictures amaze and laugh, I keep discovering new details,” adds Dr. Anuschka Albertz, managing director of Ravensburger Verlag GmbH, in the press release. “We’re losing a great artist and friend.”
Mitgutsch had been retired since 2017 and withdrew from public life. However, the artist still received requests for new illustrations at the age of 85. Mitgutsch, who began his career as a graphic designer, has published over 20 books.