‘The Babadook’ Pop-up Book

Babadook' Pop-up Book - PaperSpecs

Over the years we’ve covered a wide range of hard-to-find projects on PaperSpecs; celebrity invitations, super-expensive wines and spirit packages, you name it. But we’ve really had to venture into the Internet outback to hunt up images of this one. Stands to reason, I suppose: The boogeyman only reveals himself when you least expect it. In this case, the boogeyman is a real-life recreation of the pop-up book at the center of the 2014 Australian horror film “The Babadook.” In all, 6,200 copies were sold in a 50-day online campaign for about $60 each, with the first 5,000 autographed by “Babadook” writer/director Jennifer Kent.

Before you can appreciate this volume, it probably helps to have some idea what role it plays in the film. Cue trailer:


Pretty frightening, no?

Director Kent partnered with paper engineer Simon Arizpe and illustrator Alexander Juhasz to bring that accursed volume to life, publishing the book through Insight Editions.

“All the specifications of the book are the same in the limited edition copies as they were in the film version, such as the color, binding and trim size,” Simon tells PaperSpecs. “However, the film only shows a few pages from the book. In creating the limited edition we used those same pages but also designed several new pages to complete the story.”

Babadook' Pop-up Book - PaperSpecs (Via Michael-Myers.net)

“In regards to the paper there was no special finishing,” he adds. “When working on a pop-up book I like to use uncoated/unfinished paper because it lets the pieces stick together more strongly when glued. After the paper is printed the pieces are die cut then each spread is assembled.”

Babadook' Pop-up Book - PaperSpecs (Via Michael-Myers.net)

Needless to say, this all required a herculean effort to pull off.

“I am based out of New York, Jen the director and Kristina the producer are in Australia, and Alex the illustrator is in Montreal,” Simon explains. “Because of this, we had to do a lot of late night/early morning Skype meetings to make sure we could find a time when everyone was awake. But we were all good sports about it, and for a while I always knew exactly what time it was in Sydney.

“For me what was really great about this project was that everyone involved was so passionate about working on it.  Everyone wanted to make the best possible book we could. That doesn’t happen on every project. Also, it’s a horror pop-up book! When is the next time I am going to get the chance to make that?”

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Project Details

Title 'The Babadook' Pop-up Book Client Insight Editions Design Paper engineer: Simon Arizpe Illustrator: Alexander Juhasz Print Sirivatana Paper 210 gm uncoated paper

Production Details

Print Quantity 6,200 Printing Method Offset Number of Colors CMYK Finishing and Binding Die cut

  1. Orlando Valdez 7 years ago

    Can you sell me that book the movie came out along time ago but I really need that book

    • Aaron Berman 7 years ago

      Hi Orlando. Unfortunately copies of the book are very scarce – they were part of a very small press run that was sold via Kickstarter. The best we can suggest is keeping an eye on eBay. Wish we could be of more help…

    • babadook dook 7 years ago

      there’s a few on ebay now

      • Aaron Berman 7 years ago

        Thanks for the heads up!

  2. Yojimbo 6 years ago

    The books on amazon are $1800 us is there a way to get a print other than that?

    • Aaron Berman 6 years ago

      I’m afraid unless you can find it on eBay or elsewhere for less, that appears to be the going price for it. Would love to see it come out in a more mainstream edition, but it might be a hard sell for a publisher considering the obscurity of the film itself.

  3. Skye 6 years ago

    I thought a second copy of the book was being made? Is it still happening? Has it already ?

    • Aaron Berman 6 years ago

      I’m afraid we haven’t seen anything on this, Skye…

  4. Amanda Margaret May Phillips 6 years ago

    I’d like to purchase this book where can I do that?

    • Aaron Berman 6 years ago

      Unfortunately it had a very limited print run and is now very rare, Amanda. The best we can suggest is keeping an eye on eBay. Sorry we couldn’t be of more help on this.

  5. Manuel 5 years ago

    Oh man, I wanted to get this book after watching the movie, but a thousand buckaroos? No way jose. Fingers crossed for a second printing.

    • Aaron Berman 5 years ago

      We’ll second that wish, Manuel…

  6. Blindspot 5 years ago

    I have a copy of the book, one of the hand numbered and signed copies, as in one of the first 2000. How much do you think it will be worth?

  7. Dan brown 5 years ago

    Hey I have two copies of the book with the authors signature available. Please contact me if any iterest. We can work out a reasonable price less then the $1000 that are on eBay. I will check the thread.

    • joakim zeijlon 5 years ago


      You still got a copy Dan?

    • Emma-Marie Miller 4 years ago

      Hi Dan
      Do you still have these?

  8. Jonas Pareit 5 years ago

    Hey! I’m quite interested! 🙂
    Let me know something if you still have the books!

  9. Slendy.EXE 5 years ago

    is this suppost for sale or something? becuase i can’t find a way to buy it!…maybe it’s not…

    • Aaron Berman 5 years ago

      It’s very rare – the only place to find it is on eBay these days…

  10. Nick Milne 5 years ago

    Are the spreads A3?

  11. Nick Milne 5 years ago

    what size in terms of paper are the spreads?

  12. Micha 5 years ago

    What are the dimensions of the book??

  13. penny milne 5 years ago

    Anyone who has the book could you measure the pages and the front cover and give the dimensions to me.

  14. Jerry Bailey 5 years ago

    I’d like to try to make my own but can’t find any page scans… if anyone has seen this please post.

  15. Helena Harder 5 years ago

    Really enjoyed reading this article 🙂 I almost bought a book on Ebay yesterday, but then I discovered that they are making a second edition but it can only be ordered until September 1st 2019. Hope it is okay that I post the link here:


    I already made an order. Really hope they hit that 2500 mark!

    • Aaron Berman 5 years ago

      Great news – I know that will make a lot of people very happy.

  16. Zakk 4 years ago

    The 2nd attempt failed, cutoff was 9/1. However, I own a book that is signed in the limited run of the original 2,000. I opened it once to see the quality (it’s out of this world) and put it right back in the box and haven’t opened it since. I’ll open it tonight to see the number it is and post it here. I’ll take $1,000.00 for it if you’re interested. This is a truly awesome and now EXTREMELY rare collector’s item.

    • natasha 2 years ago

      can we take the price down a little because I don’t have a lot of money. plz I really want a book like it

      • Patrick Martel 2 years ago

        Hello Natasha, you don’t have to buy it at this price. You can simply buy the one that has no signature and no number and you can save. It ships are approximately between $ 300 and $ 600. Because those numbered and signed is a minimum of $ 1000 and more.

  17. Author
    Aaron 2 years ago

    Hey all – big news! Simon Arizpe, who engineered the pop-ups on the Babadook book, is going to be hosting our next free webinar all about making pop-ups. Sign up here: https://bit.ly/3Rfs0P4

  18. Menlibekova Kamilla 2 years ago

    Hello, everyone!
    Is there a reprint of the book coming up in 2022? For Halloween, for example?
    Would really like the book, but I don’t have as much money as they offer on ebay( There’s 600 to 1000-something😱😱😱😱
    I’d still like to buy for a reasonable price that I can afford. I’m ready even without any autographs. Just the book…

    • Author
      Aaron 2 years ago

      I’m afraid there are no plans to reprint the book, to the best of our knowledge. We’ll be sure to post something here if that changes. Sorry we couldn’t be of further help on this.

  19. lukas stebbins 1 year ago

    the book was great but the babadook is not after me

    • Author
      Aaron 1 year ago

      The Babadook might be experiencing a significant backlog. Be patient… all ‘dook things come to those who wait.

      • Tim G 11 months ago

        I still have this book in the original box sitting in a storage chest I take it out once in a blue moon

        • Author
          Aaron 11 months ago

          I think you just made a lot of people very envious, Tim.

          • Tim 11 months ago

            Are you sure Aaron because I am willing to let it go

  20. Tim 11 months ago

    Thinking about letting it go to a new home it is actually my second one

    • Author
      Aaron 10 months ago

      If you take a quick glance at the comments on this post I think you’ll see how sought-after this book is. Have you looked it up on eBay – I’m guessing they’re going for a pretty good price, if they’re available at all?

      • Tim 10 months ago

        Yes I have and I know want someone to appreciate it as I have

      • Tim 10 months ago

        Even better if there is a Mtg player that is looking for the book I am willing to make a trade

        • Con kokkinoplitis 1 month ago

          Hi Tim is this book still available, also is the signed and numbered copies the best to buy? I noticed some copies are just signed and not numbered

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