BRUCE POTTER Author/Illustrator/Composer/Entertainer/Artist

St. Theresa's School in Plimmerton has this to say about Bruce's visit and show.

"We have been lucky enough to have had Bruce with us here at school this morning. He put on two presentations one each for our juniors and seniors.

 What an incredibly talented man he is and extremely friendly and interesting too. The kids here have loved his singing and reading. Most of all loving his doodling demonstrations.

 He is trying to get the word out to do further tours around New Zealand next year. I am happy to put the word out to you all to consider him in your planning.

 Information and contact details can be found on his publishing site or website  so take a look and give him a call. To support him as a kiwi children's author and illustrator has been a pleasure, thanks Bruce you are amazing. 

And he will even sign all copies of his books in your library stock!  It was a pleasure having him here and I am happy to promote his school tours to you all. "


Bruce Potter is a multi-international award winning illustrator of over 120 books.  He is an author,  musician, composer and stage performer having performed his one man show to over 300 NZ schools in the past five years. He is a Director at Draconis Books who publish children's and adult books for the New Zealand market.

Bruce currently writes, illustrates and designs his own books, composes, records and performs his own songs which go with some of his books as CD's.  He also illustrates  for some of New Zealands best authors including Joy Cowley, Margaret Mahy, Tessa Duder, Craig Smith and Witi Ihimaera. 

Bruce is also a fine artist who exhibits at the Wanaka Fine Art Gallery and other venues around Otago.  He has also performed the lead role in many musicals including JeanValjean in Les Miserables.

He has a world record in weightlifting with the IAWA and came third at the World Masters Bench Press Championships 2009.  He is a former NZ Powerlifting Champion with a personal best bench press of 245kg.  He has a black belt (2nd Dan)in Shotokan Karate and runs his own Dojo in his hometown of Alexandra where he is the Sensei.

Bruce lives with his wife and three children in their own slice of paradise in the South Island of New Zealand.   

 Doodle Bug the ebook is available now on Amazon Kindle.  The hardcover book is for sale in all good bookshops around New Zealand.  It is also available online at Trade Me, Ebay and Fishpond.

Fantastic News for Doodle Bug this Christmas

New Zealand Herald Canvas Magazine has selected Doodle Bug as one of it's must buy books on it's Christmas list.  Doodle Bug is one of only ten picture books chosen on the list.  Here is the review:

"Award-winning New Zealand illustrator Potter comes up with his best ideas while doodling so he has devoted a book to his muse Doodle Bug.  In this hardback, Doodle Bug is hidden in various fantastical scenes that display the breadth of Potter's talent and imagination.  The dream-like sequences are incredibly detailed and make a great case for the value of doodling.  And the story behind the creation of Doodle Bug included at the end provides a fascinating insight into Potter's work"

Zombie Salvation by Bruiser McLennan is a new novel  published by Draconis Books and is available on Amazon Kindle Books for only US$2.99.  If you like lots of action, martial arts and zombies with interesting characters that you will grow to love then this is the book for you. 


Joy Cowley's New Book Available Now!

"The Remarkable Cake Shop" is now available for purchase from Draconis Books and at all good bookshops in New Zealand.  It can also be bought off Trade Me.  For overseas buyers it is available on fishpond and ebay.

Bruce entertaining students with his show.  He uses his own projector, microphone   etc..  but does need the use of a projector screen and a suitably darkish room.   

Bruce Potter's Show

Author Visits to Schools        Cost $4 per Child ( $300 min fee))

Bruce spends quite a bit of time touring schools around New Zealand performing his show.  He has performed the show over 700 times to over 300 schools.  Northcote Primary School said that it was the best author visit they ever had.    Blockhouse Bay School's students said that on a scale of 1 to 10 he was 100!   Southwell School also thought that he was one of the best author visits they had ever had.  "Bruce Potter's show was an outstanding success" - Mairehau School.

His show is all about entertainment while teaching valuable lessons about creative thinking and using our imaginations.  He may sing, shows off the artwork to his latest books and does a drawing demonstration using the childrens' own ideas to come up with a humorous doodle illustration.

The show is very engaging and interactive allowing the children to participate.  Generally there is quite a bit of laughter whilst the children all remain focussed on task.  Bruce has successfully pitched his show to pre-school children and all the way up to year 13.  He has performed for special needs children as well and has vast experience with autistic children.

The show runs from 40 min to an hour depending on the ages of the children attending.  For larger schools Bruce can do two to three shows. Generally 200 students a time works well.   He charges $4/student for his visits.  Bruce brings some copies of his books which can be purchased at his shows.

After the big success of Colouring NZ Birds Bruce has produced a Bigger, Better and more detailed colouring book with twice the amount of illustrations and accompanied by short poems called "Colouring New Zealand:  New Zealand Wildlife".  It is now available for sale at a RRP of $25 at all GOOD bookstores or Trade Me.

Below is the video of Bruce Potter's highly successful picture book "Penny The Prolific Pooing Cow". The book can be purchased through bookshops in NZ or trademe.  Overseas buyers should contact me at


 A page from Zombie Salvation: The Graphic Novel which I am currently illustrating.

My latest project with Craig Smith aka The Wonky Donkeyman.  It is called the Drizzly Bear and will be available in 2018.  Notice who the Big Drip is falling from the ceiling of the cave.

School Bookings 2017  (Reduced to only these dates as I have a massive mural commission which will take most of the year to complete.)

2017 Term 1 -  Auckland/Hamilton  Tour (3 Apr)

Mon 3 Apr morning - booked (Auck City)   Afternoon - booked

2017 Term 2 - Auckland/Hamilton Tour (12 June - 16 June ) Booking

4 May -All day - booked

Mon 12 June - morning - booked                        afternoon - available

Tues 13 June - morning -  booked                         afternoon - booked

Wed 14 June - all day - booked

Thurs 15 June - morning - booked                         afternoon - booked

Fri 16 Jun - morning -booked                             afternoon - available

July 3 - Booked All Day in Riversdale

Performed two very successful shows at Te Papa Museum  in Wellington on 24th April.

What the Children say about Bruce Potter's Show


“I loved how Bruce seemed really humble, he was easy to listen to and really friendly”

“He had a great sense of humour that hooked us all in, he didn’t talk down to us and I found his presentation really interesting and engaging”

“Bruce explained things in a quirky, fun way. It was cool to find out the process he works through when creating a story”

“Bruce was really fun!”

“Bruce made it really exciting for us, other authors have put us to sleep in the past but he kept us awake because he’s so funny!”

“It was interesting to find the ‘easter eggs’ throughout his picture book. I was really hooked in”

“It was really cool to be part of his presentation. He included us by asking us what we wanted him to draw”

“It was really cool to see him create a picture from an idea we gave him. To think we have the same devices here are school, we could do that too!”

“It was cool how he showed how he wrote the book and convinced us we could be creative like that too”

“Bruce is an inspiring person who lets his creativity flow onto the pages for us all to enjoy”

“It was so cool to see how he draws his pictures, they come so naturally and easily to him. He inspired me!”

“He turned a couple of wiggly lines into a work of art!”

“I really enjoyed how he talked us through the process of how he writes his books. From a song and a picture to a story. So cool!”

“I loved his doodling, he is so talented! He also taught us about shading and other techniques to bring our doodles to life!”

“I was really amazed how accurate Bruce’s picture was to the description of a creature he was given by one of the kids”



Below is one of the pages from "Doodle Bug" a hardcover search and discover picture book focussing on doodles and developing children's imaginations.  Doodle Bug can be purchased directly from Draconis Books at NZ$20.  Contact .

Below are Bruce Potter's latest oil paintings on canvas ( 900mm by 1200mm)    They can be purchased from the Wanaka Fine Art Gallery at $5990 each.

"Blue Pools with the Bridge" is now sold


Bruce Potter can be contacted at    For more information visit