The narrative voice used in Peter and Wendy creates a very interesting dynamic to the story. Often the narrator breaks the fourth wall, talking directly to the reader and sometimes even asking the reader questions. This is a very sophisticated form of narration for such a young audience. The narrator has direct control over where the plot line goes. For example, at one point the narrator chooses to kill a pirate so to demonstrate Hook as a character. At another point in the story the narrator discusses with the reader what story from Neverland should be told next. At the end of the book breaking of the fourth wall is even more prevalent, the narrator expresses to the audience how he himself views Wendy’s mother and even decides to give her a warning that her children are returning. In this way the narrator himself becomes a character although in a world that is separate both from the one in which Wendy lives and the one in which we live.
Barrie uses the tool of narration to give a certain atmosphere to the story of Peter and Wendy. This engaging relationship between reader and narrator, gives the feel of a story being told, not read, to its audience. Peter and Wendy do not rely upon a script or a set of words written down. Instead they are born out of the mind of the narrator. It is similar to a parent telling a child a bedtime story, but one that is made up along the way from the parent’s mind. Depending on where the parent decides to go or where the child wants to the story to go when asked, the plot will follow. This gives Peter and Wendy more of a fluid and ever-changing feel; in a way it makes the story come to life.