All About Donovan Bixley

We know there are A LOT of Donovan Bixley fans out there, so we’ve created this page to keep you up-to-date with his many books, tell you a bit more about him and give you chances to WIN!

We want Kiwi kids to tap into their creative talents and come up with a cool new character to inhabit the Flying Furballs world.  

Donovan will pick his favourite and incorporate the winning character into an upcoming Flying Furballs book. The winner will also receive a signed copy of the book their character features in.

Ready to get inventing? Watch this video to get some really helpful tips from Donovan, then download the entry form, find a comfy spot and start drawing!

Get the entry form here and scroll to the bottom of the page for full t&cs


About Flying Furballs

Flying Furballs, an hilarious action-packed adventure series, captures the romance and excitement of the era at the dawn of aviation — set in a world of cats versus dogs. Our hero is Claude D’Bonair, a young pilot in the cat air corp, keen to prove his worth to the older pilots and live up to the memory of his father. Will cats and dogs ever live in harmony again? Will Claude survive with his nine lives intact?

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Claude must go on a rescue secret mission to a dark and dangerous castle to save the most famous pilot in Katdom.

Book 2: HOT AIR
Claude journeys to snowy Switzerland to stop the DOGZ latest dastardly plan.

Our heroes must go under cover on a secret mission to the enchanting city of Venice to recover some stolen plans.

Claude is on the run behind enemy lines, when his plane goes down in DOGZ occupied Holland.

Claude and Syd travel to Egypt to rescue CATs’ chief inventor, but soon find themselves wrapped up in a bigger mission.

Claude and Syd take a well earned rest in London, but it’s no holiday when

Claude finds himself in Russia working with an old enemy to save important CAT allies.

Meet Donovan’s cat Yuki and find out which Flying Furballs character she inspired…


Keen to see Donovan drawing in action? He’s often out and about at events around the country. Keep an eye on this page for updates.


In this fresh retelling of How Māui Fished Up the North Island, Donovan applies his unique twists and trademark humour to this much-treasured story. Māui is reimagined as a cheeky younger brother, on the type of hilarious fishing trip with the whanau that will be familiar to many Kiwi youngsters.

We’re very proud that the te reo Māori edition, Te Hīnga Ake a Māui i Te Ika Whenua, is a finalist in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 7 August…

10 Fun Facts About Donovan Bixley

1: Donovan was born in 1971

2: As a child he liked to draw comic strips of his teachers and classmates

3: He lived in Indonesia for four months when he was 13

4: He’s illustrated more than 100 books

5: His books have been published in 31 countries and translated into 18 languages

6: Donovan plays guitar, piano and saxophone

7: He’s also the singer and percussionist for a 13 piece funk-jazz ensemble called “Hot Tub”

8: He lives in Taupo

9: Donovan is married and has three daughters

10: Donovan’s pets have included: a black cat, a white cat, two springer spaniels, a beagle, a rabbit and two guinea pigs.

For more information on Donovan, visit his website here.

Invent a Flying Furball Character: Terms & Conditions

The ‘Invent a Flying Furball Character’ competition is open to New Zealand residents aged 5 – 12 years old during the competition period. Entries open 2 July, 2019. Entries close midnight 31 August, 2019. Entries may be received via a parent’s Facebook account, Instagram account or emailed to The official entry form is available here, but entries don’t have to be submitted on the form. One winner will be chosen by Donovan Bixley and the winner’s design will be adapted for an upcoming Flying Furballs book. The winner accepts that the way the character appears in the book is completely at Donovan Bixley’s discretion and there is no guarantee that all elements of the original design will be kept. Donovan Bixley reserves the right not to pick a winner if there are no suitable entries. The winner will receive a signed copy of the book their character features in and acknowledgement in that book. There is no monetary reward. The competition is overseen by Upstart Press (, Level 4, 15 Huron Street, Takapuna Auckland. Upstart Press accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered as a result of entering the Competition or accepting the prize.