A fourth wall refers to the invisible, imagined wall that separates the actors from the audience. Breaking the fourth wall means that the actors are aware of their fictitious existence and communicates directly with the audience. Jon Stone breaks the fourth wall in the construction of his children’s book, The Monster at the End of This Book.
The story talks about a blue monster tries to stop the reader from turning the page and from seeing the monster at the end of the book. Because of this interaction, all illustrations cover two pages, as a physical barrier of page turning.
In the picture shown above, the character literally builds a wall on these two pages of the book. The illustrator drew torn book edges on the edges of the page to depict the struggle between the character and the reader. The blue monster repeatedly tries to stop the reader from turning the page because, as acknowledged at the beginning, he does not want to see the monster at the end of the book. The wall is illustrated in three-dimensional, somewhat realistic style to convey both the broken fourth wall between the monster and the reader as well as the monster’s effort in preventing the reader from turning the page. And of course, that only instigates the reader’s curiosity to see what happens next. The author uses an interesting approach in guiding the audience toward the opposite of what the book seems to be saying and bringing some action into their reading experience.
The author uses a squiggly, funky font when the blue monster speaks to present the monster in a cute, monster-like way. He also uses pink and light blue enlarged/bolded fonts to highlight words the monster would emphasize on if reading out loud. The author uses a lot of warm colors in the book, including the threatening words in pink font, to portray the character in a friendly, approachable way, even though it is a monster.