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This book was just excellent especially if you’ve gone through countless dull and boring baby name books that just present lists with a blurb on the origin of a name or get into some long winded explanation about not only origin but also tracing it back to days of yore droning on like a tedious dictionary about when it first appeared and all the Joe Blow Shmoes who were named it (most of whom you’ve never even heard of anyway) and more blah blah blah –thankfully you won’t find any of that here! If you’re an avid reader or lover of general culture, this is a book you’ll no doubt appreciate if the stork is coming your way. It makes for an even better gift to receive because it’s fresh and odds are the person hasn’t received anything like it already. It has a more personal touch to it I think. The majority of names are taken from English literature (primarily the UK and US) but there are some smatterings from all over the globe which I really liked. It’s divided in two parts, boys and girls, making it very easy to flip through. There are a few pages of intro by the author that were fun to read too. Craker has three main levels of names: common (ie makes the top 20 year in and year out pretty much), less common (likely makes the top 50 for those parents looking for a bit of spice) and very adventurous (for the oh so brave!) so there’s a little bit for everyone. She gives a few pros and cons for some names which I thought were helpful. For example some names look and sound great but maybe they’re too “original” for the school playground, though that could be what some parents are looking for too. The names are presented in a reader friendly, humorous and informative way indicating the character, book and author and why the author thought they should be included.. She also gave a few chart summaries with her own personal faves. Sure there are names missing but she’d have to write a 900 pager to include just about everything. I was generally pleased with her selection and it was an enjoyable quick read that never got stale. So if you’re looking for a little something to give expectant parents, or wanting to pick up something cute and original for yourself, this book should certainly get people thinking and talking about what to name baby :)