A Parent’s Guide to The Missing Piece (Book)

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein

Type: Children’s

Basic Plot: A shape goes in search of their missing piece, leading to a journey of meeting many pieces.


Plot: 4/5 Well Done: The plot is an original, adorable story with many an unexpected, often humorous, turn, while still being in the simple frame of childhood.

Graphics: 3/5 Average: The graphics are clean and simple shapes, with sometimes pretty details added to accentuate scenes. Nothing too extraordinary, but beautiful in its own way.

Moral: 2½/5 A Possibly Good Moral: The moral of the book seems to be that one does not always get what they expect. The protagonist is earnestly searching for his missing piece. He searches diligently, but when he finally finds a piece that fits, he realizes that he no longer has any time to do anything he liked to do in the past. So, he returns to being alone. In a way, this could be a way of teaching children contentment as well as showing that one is not always happy when they get what they want.

Overall: 3½/5 Above Average: The story is a cute one of finding one’s life partner and things not always being what they seem. While simple, it is strangely enduring and

Moral Content

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: ½/5 The book is an allegory for relationships.

Violence: 0/5 None

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 0/5 None

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: ½/5 The protagonist accidentally holds onto a piece so tightly it breaks into pieces. Once a piece is shot in its mouth like an arrow.

Religious Issues: 0/5 None

Magic: 0/5 None

Others: ½/5 All Ages Appropriate: There is nothing in the book that would upset most children, regardless of age.

For the review of the next book, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, go here! https://christianentertainmentreviews.blog/2018/08/13/a-parents-guide-to-the-missing-piece-meets-the-big-o-book/


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