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Flying Furballs Book Launch

'Flying Furballs' Book Launch

Update: Event cancelled

In light of new restrictions on public gatherings in the current COVID-19 situation, we have decided, in conjunction with Donovan Bixley and Upstart Press Ltd, that the only responsible thing to do is cancel the book launch event that was planned for Saturday 21 March. We know this will be disappointing to many, but want to let you know that we will plan to hold a very similar event once things have returned to normal.

Colouring Competition winner!

Thanks so much to everyone who sent in fabulous entries to the Flying Furballs colouring competition! Donovan was very impressed with the effort that all the children had gone to, which made it very difficult to judge. So, he put them all in a virtual hat and drew out a lucky winner. Congratulations to Jana Smithies of Rolleston, who has won a complete set of eight Flying Furballs books, all signed by Donovan himself!

Furballs Comp winner

Donovan Bixley is one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed picture book creators with over 120 books published in 31 countries. His books have been twice selected for the International Youth Library’s White Raven award which annually lists the top 200 children’s books in the world.

His books are nothing if not varied, spanning high–brow to low–brow and every brow in between, from his award-winning illustrated biography Much Ado About Shakespeare, to the hilarious hijinks of pussycats in planes in Paris in his Flying Furballs series — winner of the Tatoulu Children’s Choice Award in France. Donovan has always loved vintage aeroplanes, and still runs outside when he hears one flying over his studio. Just the sight of an old biplane conjures visions of daring adventures to exotic places. Some of the funny things Donovan has illustrated include Shelob making Kentucky Fried Frodo, Mozart telling fart jokes, and a veloci-rapping dinosaur. Find out more about him on his website.


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