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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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.


Want to meet Donovan?

Donovan often appears at events around the country. Here’s what he’s got coming up…

Hamilton Book Month
Donovan Bixley Workshop
Date: Tuesday 7 August
Time: 3pm – 4.30pm
Location: X Block, Wintec School of Media Arts, 56 Alexandra Street, Hamilton
Tickets: Free event, registration needed, click here for more info



Latest Release: Flying Furballs 5: Kit-napped

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 Kit-napped Claude and Syd are off to Egypt to rescue C-For, who has been kit-napped by the dastardly DOGZ.

On sale wherever good books are sold, $14.99 RRP


Win all the ‘Flying Furballs’ books

To celebrate the release of Flying Furballs 5: Kit-napped we’re giving one lucky fan the chance to win all five books in the series! To enter, just print off the picture below (you can download a PDF here), colour it in and send it back to us via email or post (address in the T&Cs below) or upload it to our Facebook page. Don’t forget to include your name, age and contact details.

Terms & Conditions: The competition is open to New Zealand residents aged 13 and under. Entries must be received by 11 .59pm on Sunday 5 August. Entries can be emailed to competitions@upstartpress.co.nz or posted to Upstart Press, PO Box 33319 Takapuna, Auckland 0622, New Zealand. There is one (1) prize pack available. The pack contains Flying Furballs 1: Dogfight, Flying Furballs 2: Hot Air,  Flying Furballs 3: Unmasked Flying Furballs 4: Most Wanted & Flying Furballs 5: Kit-napped (total value $74.95 RRP). The winner will be chosen by random draw. The decision of the promoter is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The winner will be contacted via email and/or phone by Friday 10 August. The prize will be couriered to the address specified by the winner. The Promoter reserves the right to request entrants provide proof of age, identity and residence. The prize must be taken as offered and is not transferable, exchangeable or redeemable for cash. All other costs associated with redeeming items, are the responsibility and at the cost of the participant. Entry into this promotion is deemed as consent to use entrant’s name and photographs for any publicity associated with this promotion without further payment or other compensation to the winner.