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The Moon and the Room

Today a courier arrived at my front door with a package from New Zealand. It contained three copies – hot off the press – of The Moon and the Room, a beautifully crafted, limited edition book written by my old friend Mrs Dazz.

I was delighted to mentor Mrs Dazz on this project from day one. We worked together for many months, not only on the words, but also the illustrations and concept of the book. The collaboration has been great fun, and, as we know, all creative projects are enhanced by feedback and bouncing ideas back and forth.

The Moon and the Room is a rhyming tale with a difference – about the adventures of a brave little girl and her quirky friends. It is the first children’s book written by Julie Dalzell (aka Mrs Dazz) who has been writing, editing and publishing in the areas of education, design, food and wine for many years. In 2011 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Magazine Publishers’ Association of New Zealand.


The book features illustrations by her son Patrick Dalzell Fay, who is a professional artist, currently based in Auckland NZ. Patrick, who works in many materials and styles, has used pen and wash to add light and colour to the book.

The stories spring to life in the telling. Mrs Dazz says her book is aimed at children and adults alike and it’s never too late to read out loud. It was originally inspired by her grandmother’s lovely old autograph book dating to one hundred years ago.

Eight year old Harriet Wells from Ponsonby Primary School in Auckland is quoted on the back cover saying,

‘I like this book because the characters all seem very enthusiastic and surreal, and they’re really creative and imaginative.’

The Moon and the Room with its special wrapper, has been printed as a limited edition of 300 copies. It’s a celebration of many talents and skills, brought together under the unique orchestration of its author.

The book is stylishly designed by Alice and Frances from Smith & Peach and  printed and hand-bound by craft binders at Design Bind in Albany, Auckland

Mrs Dazz cover.3

The spine is hand-stitched in the Coptic style. The cover has been die-cut to create a wonderfully tactile  de-bossing effect. The designers plan to enter The Moon and the Room and its website and packaging in a design award. Design Bind, who did the printing and binding, are submitting it for The New Zealand Pride in Print Awards next year.

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2 comments on “The Moon and the Room

  1. sandyaureli
    November 22, 2017

    What a lovely project Marama. Can’t wait to hold it! XX S

  2. greengaze
    November 22, 2017

    What an absolute delight and such a fabulous creative fusion. x

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