::THIS ONE'S FOR ROMIE::
I just finished reading (read: gazing at) The Invention of Hugo Cabret
, a richly-illustrated storybook by Brian Selznick about a boy who lives in the walls of a train station. Expect healthy doses of automata, Paris, train crashes, film, magic, time, artists, and family, should you read it (and you should).
The book is hardback, novel-sized, and full of pencil drawings and text by Selznik. The ratio of drawings-pages to text-pages is about 2:1.
Hugo waxes nostalgic about going to movies with his father, and thus it's self-referential; the whole thing is a storyboard, complete with black frames around each spread.