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!

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Flying Furballs: Double Cross

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? In Double Cross Claude and Syd are on leave in London when they are called on for one of their most dangerous missions yet. Who is the traitor that is working against CATS?

On sale wherever good books are sold, $14.99 RRP


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 the DOGZ are on your tail.


There’s so much more to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart than just whacky wigs and wonderful music. He was a social change-maker and groundbreaking artist.

This book offers a peek through the keyhole at Mozart’s world. Not the genius alone in his ivory tower, but a real man who lived a real life — the cheeky little brother, the rebellious son, the besotted young lover, the arrogant artist, the despondent freelancer, the proud father and the doting husband.

In it, you’ll discover the truth behind the legends that surround Mozart. Did he really have an uncontrollable fear of the trumpet? Was he actually engaged to his sweaty, overweight piano pupil? And what did he say about Beethoven behind his back?

Mozart: The Man Behind the Music is on sale now ($34.99 RRP)

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 both the English and te reo Māori editions have been named on Storylines Notable Books List. Learn more here.

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.