WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.
The Missing Piece Meets the Big O by Shel Silverstein
Type: Children’s Book, Picture Book
Basic Plot: A missing piece is patiently waiting to be found but finds it may not need to be found at all.
Plot: 4/5 Well Done: The plot is short, cute, and touching, dealing with relationships, though this time from the perspective of the missing piece rather than the main shape. Like a good picture book, it has a definite start, middle, and end, with the end leaving a bit of wonder to it.
Graphics: 3/5 Average: The graphics are exactly like the first books, with simple, neat shapes decorating the pages.
Moral: 2½/5 A Possibly Good Moral: Like the first book, the book seems to have an underlying relationship moral. This time, the moral seems to be that one does not need to be in a relationship to be happy. The missing piece eventually decides to stop waiting for a shape, but to roll on its own. This is a good moral to teach children that they should not be dependent on other people, but independent enough to live life on their own, unless it is God helping them.
Overall: 3½/5 Above Average: The book is a great compliment to the first, if not better on its own. I do recommend it for families with small children because of the cute, simple designs and sweet story.
Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 0/5 None
Violence: 0/5 None
Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 0/5 None
Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: ½/5 The missing piece pops a shape. It is mentioned that there are hungry shapes that the piece hides from. Two shapes roll by wrestling.
Religious Issues: 0/5 None
Magic: 0/5 None
Overall: 1/5 All Ages Appropriate: I don’t believe there is anything objectionable in the book for anybody of any age.