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!


There’s a totally paw-some Flying Furballs book about to hit shops and Donovan will be hitting the road to meet fans. If you’d love to get a copy of book eight in the series, Downfall, signed then head along to one of the following locations. You’ll be able to watch Donovan drawing live, pick up some great tips to make your own pictures pop and buy a copy of any of the Flying Furballs or Māui series to get signed.

Monday 16 March, 3.30pm – 4pm
Books a Plenty, 74 Grey St, Tauranga

Friday 20 March, 3.45pm – 4.15pm
Scorpio Books, BNZ Centre, 120 Hereford St, Christchurch

Saturday 21 March, 2pm – 3pm
A special launch event at Christchurch’s Airforce Museum, Donovan will be speaking, drawing and signing surrounded by the types of aircraft featured in the books! There will be fun activities for kids. All welcome to this free event.
Airforce Museum of New Zealand, 45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch
More info here, including a colouring sheet to download and bring along on the day.

Saturday 28 March
1pm: Talk and book signing, free event, all welcome
2.30pm: Illustration workshop for advanced students and adults, bookings required, book here.
More info here

Donovan hasn’t forgotten his local fans. More info to come on a special school holidays event.

Flying Furballs Character Design Competition

Look at all our amazing Totally Pawsome Character Design competition winners. Below shows how Donovan adapted the designs to appear in Flying Furballs Downfall, which is out now!

Check out this video of Donovan talking about the entries and see if you can spot yours.

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?

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

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

Book 8: Downfall
It’s the penultimate adventure in the Flying Furballs series. In Downfall Claude uncovers the DOGZ spy at CATS HQ and an epic catfight develops . . . but just who will be left standing.

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

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.

Colouring Competition: Terms & Conditions

The ‘How Māui Slowed the Sun’ colouring competition is open to New Zealand residents aged 12 years and under as of 30 November 2019. Entries close midnight 30 November, 2019. Send entries to PO Box 33319, Takapuna, Auckland 0622 or email to Open to NZ residents only. One winner will be selected by Upstart Press to receive a collection of Donovan Bixley books valued at $100 RRP. Entries will be judged on artistic merit. Entrants must have the permission of their parent or guardian. The winner will be contacted on the email address provided and must respond within 14 working days. If there is no response, Upstart Press reserves the right to select another winner. All entries become the property of Upstart Press and may be used for promotional purposes, including social media posts. The competition is overseen by Upstart Press (, BDO Tower, Level 4, 19 Como St, Takapuna 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.