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Win a copy of Chop Sizzle Wow: The Silver Spoon Comic Book!

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Love comics?  Love cooking?  Need something more visual to help you bring out your inner chef? Chop, Sizzle, Wow might be just the book you’re looking for!  It has 50 recipes of the classic – but quite daunting to the beginning chef – cookbook The Silver Spoon, presented entirely graphically.

Thanks to our lovely friends at Phaidon we have 1 copy of Chop, Sizzle, Wow to give away! All you need to do is answer the following question:

Which comic book superhero would you treat to a home-cooked meal, and why?

Mail your answer to before November 5th. Please include “Chop Sizzle Wow” in the subject header.

A Bloggy Vacation

Friday, July 20th, 2012

I’ll be off on my summer vacation starting this weekend.

Hooray for me (Sleep!  Barcelona!  Time to read!  Garden!  Sleep!), but sadly it also means that there will not be any blogging the coming three weeks. Be sure to check the Events List for upcoming events, because there will not be a Round-Up next week.  All normal transmissions will resume around August 13th (the fact that this is the first day after the Olympics is ENTIRELY COINCIDENTAL). :-)

Happy summer holidays, everyone!

- Sophie

For Hayley

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Today is my fellow blogmistress Hayley’s last day at ABC. She’s heading back to the UK after spending thirteen years with us, in many capacities, the most recent of which were: Children’s Books Buyer, Newsletter Writer, Twitter Bird, Facebook Updater, and, of course, Blogmistress.

I can’t let this occasion go by without celebrating her many, many contributions to the amalgam that is ABC. So much of what you’ve read here, and here, and here, has been thought up by her – not just the words, but often the concepts, too. She will be a very tough act to follow.  We didn’t see a lot of each other (Hayley works in Amsterdam, and I in The Hague), but we had a great behind-the-posts system set up that made working on this blog a true pleasure.

Hayley, I will miss you and your sunny and easy way with words. I’m sure all of our readers will miss you terribly as well. All the best wishes for your new life back home, and please come back now and then, in person and virtually!

With love,

P.S. If you’re in the UK and need a truly excellent copy writer – just drop me a line ( and I’ll get you in touch with Hayley. :-)

Both stores closed for inventory on January 30th

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

inventoryOn Monday January 30th, Both ABC stores will be CLOSED ALL DAY as we count, and count, and count every single item in each store. By hand.

You can still shop at ABC, even though our doors will be closed for the day. You browse and order books on, or send an email to with your queries and questions, and our staff will get back to you when we open again.

Here’s to 2012!

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Dear Everyone Who Reads This,

Thank you so very, very much for finding our stores, and buying your books there.  Thank you for reading this blog, and our Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.  We hope you will continue to do all of the above!

All the best wishes from all of us to all of you for the new year.  May it be filled with lots of literary goodness, favorite authors publishing new books, and unexpected bookish treasures (and world peace and enough food for everyone, also, of course).

See you in 2012!

Hayley & Sophie & the whole ABC Crew