New Maury C. Moose Book

Do you have a child that loves to write? Then the brand new Maury C. Moose book is for you! Titled, Maury C. Moose and 101 Writing Prompts for Kids, this writing guide features 101 story starters to help spark your child’s imagination. It is a workbook full of silly story ideas featuring your favorite characters from Forest Noel.

Start your kids down the path of becoming an author as they write a story with Maury!

New Maury C. Moose Book

A brand new Maury C. Moose book is coming soon! Titled Maury C. Moose and The Basketball ChamPUNship, the fourth story in my children’s book series follows Maury and friends in a basketball tournament. When all looks hopeless and their chances at a championship seem lost, they receive help from an unlikely new friend.

The book is filled with dozens of basketball puns and memorable lessons for basketball players of any age.

Here’s a sneak peek of the book’s cover.

5 Star Review

My latest book, Maury C. Moose and The Ninja Worrier just received a 5 star review from Lesa McKee at Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews!

Here’s what she had to say…

Maury C. Moose and the Ninja Worrier is a fantastic short story for children by Adam Baker. This story is part of a series, but works well as a stand alone book. In this volume, Maury’s pal, Sam R. Rhino Jr., is having a major problem since graduating college. His heroic dad, Sam Sr. (a.k.a. legendary ninja school security guard), has drafted him to be his super sidekick. The only problem is, Sam Jr. is not so super, at least when it comes to being a stealth security guard. For his dad’s sake, he tries, but fumbles and stumbles his way through his first night. Can this rhino learn to say no to his dad’s idea of a job for him so he can find his true calling?

I smiled my way through Maury C. Moose and the Ninja Worrier. The lively pictures and fine rhymes at the beginning of each chapter had me cracking up. Adam Baker’s animal antics gave my sense of humor a work-out in hilarity. Children and adults will love this dynamic tale that’s filled with fun dialogue and catchy phrases. The comedy was well balanced with the lesson of the story, which shone much brighter than Sam Jr.’s flashlight. Sam R. Rhino Jr. must become secure in his own super set of skills, and leave his security blanket ways behind him. There’s also a thoughtful poem at the end to get kids thinking about their own future dreams and goals. This book will have kids wanting to collect the rest of the series!”

I am very thankful for a great review. Click here if you would like to get a copy of the book.


How My New Book Will Help Your Kids Live Longer

I have a few yes or no questions for all the parents out there:

  1. Do you want your kids to live longer?
  2. Do you want your children to lose their memory?
  3. Are you a happier parent when your kids sleep better?

If you answered yes, no, yes, then continue reading. If you answered any other combination, then it is time to rethink your parenting strategy.

Getting your kids to live longer, keep their mental health, and get more sleep sounds difficult, but it is possible. And I have a magic formula…

My new book, Maury C. Moose and The Ninja Worrier.

Okay, so maybe the book itself may not have magical powers, but the book’s message is powerful. What is this message, you ask? The story is all about finding your purpose.

Why We Need Purpose

Viktor Frankl, author of one of my favorite books, Man’s Search For Meaning, once said:

Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.”

Frankl, an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, made this discovery as an Auschwitz concentration camp inmate during World War II. This was a horrific time during which he lost his wife, his mother, his brother and many friends.

Life was about as miserable as one could imagine. No one would have faulted Frankl for giving up. But he did not. Mainly because, despite his many losses, Frankl did not lose one thing: his purpose.

He found purpose in his approach to psychotherapy and his work of helping others find meaning. This got him through even the most unbearable circumstances.

The Benefits of Finding Our Purpose

Recent studies have found that Frankl was on to something when he touched on the importance of finding meaning. Purpose in life is linked to many positive health outcomes including :

  • improved mental health
  • happiness
  • better sleep
  • decreased depression
  • improved satisfaction
  • personal growth

If that isn’t enough, purpose may even reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and help us live longer. That is right, finding your purpose may just add a few years to your life.

So How Do We Find Purpose?

I first read Man’s Search For Meaning in college. I was just about to graduate, and was thinking a lot about my future. Learning about what Frankl experienced, discovered and spent the rest of his life teaching others, was eye opening.

Frankl’s book isn’t the only one written about purpose. A quick Goodreads’ search will bring up dozens of titles dealing with the subject. You will find bestsellers from Rick Warren, Brene Brown, and Jack Canfield — authors who have sold hundreds of millions of books.

But you know what you won’t find?

Books for kids.

Like I said, Man’s Search For Meaning is a favorite of mine — I greatly benefited from having read it. But would I ever ask a 9-year-old to read a story about an Auschwitz concentration camp? No way!

Sure, a 9-year-old would definitely benefit from the message of the book, but the packaging is all wrong. It would be like asking a man to learn he is going to be a father by going on the Maury Povich show, rather than having a meaningful conversation with his wife. The result would be scarring and the message would be lost.

So it is clear that books are a great way to teach the importance of purpose, but what do we do if our kids are too young for the mature way the content is presented?

Enter Maury C. Moose and The Ninja Worrier.

My new book touches on the topics of purpose and meaning and does so via rhymes, jokes and by introducing a new character to the whimsical world of Forest Noel. Our new friend, Sam R. Rhino is fresh out of school and looking for what he will do next. He struggles to decide whether to blaze his own path or to follow his famous father.

How will Sam deal with this important decision? Will Maury and Mikey be able to help him find his purpose before it is too late?

These are important topics, yes, but they are framed in a story that children will relate to. By sprinkling in some puns, pictures and practical tips, the kids will enjoy the story and more easily absorb its message.

To get a preview of the story, check out the book’s introduction rhyme:

intro-rhymeIn his book, Victor Frankl said very much the same thing, only he put it like this:

Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.”

No matter how you put it, the message is a very important one — one that kids (or people of any age) need to hear. If you are a parent, I encourage you to check out the book. Help your kids learn the value of finding their purpose. It may just add a few years to their life.

New Book Release Date

The wait it almost over…

My new book, Maury C. Moose and the Ninja Worrier, will be released this Thursday, September 22nd.

The story features a new character, named Sam R. Rhino (do you get the pun?) and guess what? Thursday is World Rhino Day, a day dedicated to celebrating rhinos. Seriously! It is too perfect!

Here’s a picture of our new rhino friend. He’s a little clumsy. Stay turned for all the information on how to get a copy of his story!


New Maury C. Moose Book

Big news…

The latest Maury C. Moose book is coming soon! Titled Maury C. Moose and The Ninja Worrier, the third story in my children’s book series will be released this month.

In the new book, Maury & Mikey must help out a new friend whose size & strength suggest he is destined to become Forest Noel’s next great warrior. But there is just one little problem. This wannabe ninja is afraid of his own shadow…and his dad’s!

The third book in the Maury C. Moose series continues its fun use of parody, puns, and rhymes to teach kids that we all have talents that make us unique. Join Maury and friends as they learn how to find those special talents.