“Mister Babadook” Pop-Up Book Update

Writer/director Jennifer Kent gives fans the low-down.

***I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how to go about finding one of these sold-out books.  Sorry, I have no idea.  You’re on your own in terms of searching the net, but you’ll probably have to wait until after its actually released.  While I imagine all of this excitement will eventually lead to a second printing, please understand that I am NOT the person to talk to.***

 

If you’re one of the 6200 people who were lucky enough to order copy of the Pop-Up book from the movie The Babadook (like me), it looks like we’ll be waiting just a little bit longer.

As I reported last December, the filmmakers behind The Babadook have partnered with a team of artists and publishers to bring the pop-up book from the film into physical reality. There was a 50-day pre-order campaign, with the first 5000 also getting the book autographed by writer/director Jennifer Kent herself.

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While the original release date had been projected for sometime in mid-summer, Kent recently offered contributors an update on the progress of the book—which included news of a delay.

In the Australian horror movie The Babadook, a mysterious pop-up book, with artwork reminiscent of Gothic writer-illustrator Edward Gorey, seems to materialize out of thin air. It contains the story of a mysterious dark entity that stalks children at night. To say that Mister Babadook is inappropriate reading for children is an understatement—unless you want to make sure they never sleep again!

The Babdook was the “breakout horror hit” of Sundance 2014, and has been terrorizing audiences around the world ever since. Now that the film is on Netflix in the USA, interest surrounding The Babadook has seen a huge resurgence.

 

 

On Sunday, May 10th, Jennifer Kent sent an email update to those who have pre-ordered a copy of The Babadook pop-up book; the update included several picture of the book-in progress, which are posted below.

Alex Juhasz at work on creating the text, all painted by hand

Alex Juhasz at work on creating the text, all painted by hand

Hello again to all our faithful Babadook book buyers! Firstly, thanks again for investing in our book. The book development has been an involved but amazing process so far. And while it is quite a challenge recreating the book(s) from the film to perfection, plus adding new pages to the story, we are moving along nicely and it’s time for another update.

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WHAT’S JUST HAPPENED

The illustrations are now all finished! Our paper engineer Simon Arizpe has engineered the original pages from the film so they are working beautifully, and our artist Alex Juhasz has illustrated SEVEN NEW DOUBLE POP UP SPREADS that look amazing (that’s 14 new pages!). These new pages, combined with new text elaborate on the story of the Babadook, and are going to be a beautiful companion piece to the film. We could not be happier, and you are going to own something very special.

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Simon Arizpe, our genius paper engineer

Simon Arizpe, our genius paper engineer

WHAT’S HAPPENING NEXT

Simon Arizpe, our paper engineer, is spending the rest of May constructing the new pop ups. As you can imagine, this is not a quick exercise. He is doing a wonderful job, and we want to make sure the mechanisms are strong, long lasting and do the illustrations justice. It takes time. Our illustrator Alex and I will be approving all of the mechanisms on every page before they go to the printers. We’ll be checking colour and contrast of pages and illustrations, text placement etc. as well.

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7-Simon working on a new page design

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THEN…. IT’S OFF TO THE PRINTERS!

The book will hit the printers in June. We then have to do approvals of each page in stages, to make sure they are perfect in every way. So it looks at this stage like our books are now going to ship in the fall (or spring if you’re in the southern hemisphere.) We apologize for the slight delay here, we have really been working solidly to get the book to you and make sure it is as close to the book(s) in the films as is humanly possible. We want you to have a special item to own, something of the highest quality. So I hope you understand we are really trying to get your book to you ASAP. Our focus is on getting this right.

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INSIGHT, our printing company, are masters of the pop up book, and they will do all they can to hasten the process. But this is a small run, a hand glued piece of art, we do not want to skimp on quality. I ask you to be patient with us. Your book is most definitely on its way. We’ll send you another update once we have word from our printer of how it’s all going. Thank you again for being a part of this book journey my fellow Babadookers. The Babadook team appreciates your support so very much.

Warm regards,

Jen Kent (Babadook writer/director

Jennifer Kent

Jennifer Kent

If you didn’t get a chance to order your own copy of The Babadook pop-up book, there is something you can do about it: Cry like a baby and/or eat your heart out! The 6200 copies being printed will be the only run…ever!

We’ll give you more updates on The Babadook pop-up book as we receive them and, of course, we’ll review it for you once it arrives.

Are you a fan of The Babadook? Did you order a pop-up book (or do you wish you had)? Sound off in the Comments section!

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  • Dan
    31 May 2015 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Really upset that I wasn’t able to get a copy – I bookmarked the campaign, and somehow missed the order. Anyone want to sell me their copy and make some profit? 🙂

  • Keely rose
    21 August 2015 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    A must have educational 4 me

  • Teresa
    28 August 2015 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    All work and no play makes jack a dull boy.

    I really wish I pre ordered the book…

  • Joel BlooDSheD
    1 September 2015 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    “If you didn’t get a chance to order your own copy of The Babadook pop-up book, there is something you can do about it: Cry like a baby and/or eat your heart out! The 6200 copies being printed will be the only run…ever! ”

    Or you can email them and wait patiently Just bought my book from peoples cancellations 😀 WEEEEEEEE

    • Cole
      6 September 2015 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      Who do you have to email?

    • Mike
      17 February 2016 at 2:09 am - Reply

      Please let me know who i have to email or where i go to find cancellations for purchase.

      Many thanks

      • Silentrunner
        20 February 2016 at 2:00 pm - Reply

        You need to go to thebabadook.com and on that page there is an option to subscribe to the mailing list. If there are any cancelations they will email you to info
        rm you. Good luck.

  • Jayne
    16 September 2015 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    Please ,please please let me be a lucky cancellations book buyer !!

  • amber
    29 September 2015 at 2:42 am - Reply

    Please let me know when 2 copies are available please!!!! It is my all time favorite and one is for my sister who’s birthday is holoween. We live in Mississippi and it would make our year!! Please any info would be amazing thank you
    Amber

  • amber
    29 September 2015 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Please anyone I beg you even just one would be amazing

  • Patrick Zayicek
    2 October 2015 at 3:35 am - Reply

    Uuuuuuugggghhhh was so looking forward to showing the Family the movie and then afterwards pulling out the book. 😈 Wish there was more 😭😭

  • Cami Lee
    7 October 2015 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    Is it ever going to be possible to purchase a copy of the Babadook pop up book again? I just found out about it & can only find expensive used ones on Amazon. Please help!

  • chris kordus
    10 October 2015 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    please oh please…I really would love to have a copy of this if there is any way humanly possible. I literally just found out this existed. Please reply to the given email if there is any way.

    Thank You

  • Bill
    20 October 2015 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    Wow, just watched this movie with the family and after we all said…”how cool would it be to actually have that book!”. So I started my web search and landed here…at a DEAD end. Whaaaaaaaaaa…sniffle-sniffle…whaa….whaaaaaaa. Yep, I’m crying. If there are any cancellations or if anyone wants to sell one I’m very interested. Would be great to read to our future grandchildren:) GREAT MOVIE!!!!

  • Luca
    24 October 2015 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    It’s me DOOK! DOOK! DOOK!

  • Beatriz
    2 November 2015 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    Hello .. I would love buy The Babadook pop-up book …… Do not you like it? …… if COD delivery? … You tell me how can I do ?? …………. I have a daughter who will not let me sleep ……. …. the book will be the solution think ………… Thank you………..PS:I know, I’m late, but I live far …… But I hope you understand the situation I’m in I can not sleep …

  • H
    15 January 2016 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    I have ordered one extra to sell! Awaiting its arrival. Not sure how to price it yet…..that will come soon.

    • Maya
      7 February 2016 at 3:22 am - Reply

      I’d be really interested in buying your extra copy!

    • Joey Nicholoff
      12 June 2016 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      please let me know if you have an extra you want to sell..

    • Amber
      20 September 2016 at 12:26 am - Reply

      Is the copy still available for purchase?

    • Ceadhla Newman
      11 December 2016 at 8:03 am - Reply

      I’d also be interested in buying!!!

  • Richieroo
    10 February 2016 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    I subscribed to the list after watching the film in November. I submitted my email address and they emailed me back a month later to offer me a chance to purchase a copy after a number of cancellations. I ordered 2. Im looking to sell one and keep the other. Dont loose hope people subscribe and you never know what might arrive in your inbox, ba ba dook dook doook. Failing that get yourself on Ebay when the are finally released. Good Luck.

    • Elizabeth Croft
      19 April 2016 at 11:32 pm - Reply

      I am interested in your extra copy when it arrives! <3

    • Amber
      20 September 2016 at 12:27 am - Reply

      Is the copy still available for purchase?

  • Michael Van Allen
    9 May 2016 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    I ordered a copy and haven’t received and update in a while. Are they still being made. Or what’s going on?

  • Kostas
    25 May 2016 at 10:27 am - Reply

    The question is, when do we decide this is a scam? They need to give us a deadline by which we either get the book or our money back. If the book is real, they can sell the copies to all the people who were too late to reserve a copy.
    Dead line or scam?

  • Simon
    18 September 2016 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    Ive got my self a copy on its way.. anyone interested in buying said copy? Make an offer.

    • Amber
      20 September 2016 at 12:29 am - Reply

      I am extremely interested in purchasing this copy, please e mail me at amber_x.o@hotmail.com and we can talk prices. Thank you! – Amber

    • Amber
      7 October 2016 at 2:10 am - Reply

      Hi Simon! I haven’t received an e mail from you yet but i am still very interested in purchasing your copy, please e mail me anytime and we can talk prices and such!

  • Stephanie Pitts
    19 October 2016 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Didn’t know about this. I want one desperately. I would like to surprise my husband. Email me if you want to sell yours.

  • Gabriel
    8 November 2016 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Got my book after the super long wait and it’s not signed i loved the book but very very disappointed that it wasn’t signed as promised. Especially after waiting patiently for so long.

    • Jb
      8 November 2016 at 4:49 pm - Reply

      I thought mine wasn’t signed either. Last page of the book folds out. Signature is there.

  • bargal20
    18 November 2016 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    Anyone who just received their copy of Mister Babadook and thinks it’s unsigned; the last , black, page folds out and there’s a signed pasted dowbn bookplate behind it.

  • Joanne
    8 February 2017 at 2:28 am - Reply

    I’m desperate to get hold of a Babadook book my favourite film sadly missed the crowd fund even registered for any unclaimed / paid orders with hope I’d get one was also in hospital 6 months had 31st surgery SOMEONE PLEASE SELL ME A COPY <3 TIA

  • Tayler
    19 February 2017 at 5:47 am - Reply

    Anybody wanna give me their copy of the book? Super desperate and I really really want it 🙁

  • Chad
    23 March 2017 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    I just seen this movie the other day for the first time. It was absolutely amazing! Researched the net for what felt like an eternity only to find that the only copies of Mister Babadook being sold are on ebay for hundreds of dollars. Early bird gets the worm. Jennifer Kent is amazing!!

  • Babadook
    16 April 2017 at 1:31 am - Reply

    I need a new one mine was burned

  • Orlando Valdez
    19 June 2017 at 2:23 am - Reply

    Can anyone sell me a pop up book of the babadook doesn’t have to be autographed I just need a pop up book like in the movie pleas

    • Mike
      19 June 2017 at 8:05 am - Reply

      I have an unsigned version for sale at £550 brand new in original box

      • Ayaat
        18 July 2017 at 3:45 pm - Reply

        im willing to buy it

        • Mike Evans
          26 July 2017 at 4:54 am - Reply

          Hi Ayaat,

          Really sorry for the late reply. Please feel free to email me directly at Mike.jd.evans@outlook.com and I can find ou5 whereabouts your located for shipping costs.

          Regards

  • Orlando Valdez
    19 June 2017 at 2:24 am - Reply

    Can anyone sell me a pop up book of the babadook i need one

  • Ayaat
    18 July 2017 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    I would really like to get a copy and if there is anyone who is willing to sell me their copy or if they know a website or any where i can buy this book, as i have been searching for many years, please send me a message to my email if your willing to sell me a book or know anywhere i can purchase this book. Thank You.

    • Mike Evans
      9 August 2017 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Hi Ayaat,

      Really sorry for the late reply. Please feel free to email me directly atMike.jd.evans@outlook.com and I can find ou5 whereabouts your located for shipping costs.

      Regards

    • Mike Evans
      9 August 2017 at 10:14 am - Reply

      If anyone is interested I have an unsigned version of the book available for £550

      £560 including P&P within UK

  • Shannon Thompson
    25 July 2017 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Well I don’t get it… if the ones you sold went like hot cakes, why not print more?? I have been waiting for years ever since it came out to find a copy of the book. Make more!!!

    Thank you

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