This mostly wordless picture book relies on graphic narrative style frames and the transitions from page to page to tell the story of a very special Tuesday night on which frogs take to the air on their lillypads and zoom, unbeknownst to the human residents, around town all night.
Besides being a really fun book with gorgeous illustrations, the narrative technique is almost seamless. Before I got really into image studies I never would've noticed the way a reader must fill in the action between the frames (gutter) of a comic or the pages in a picture book. We as readers do SO MUCH of the storytelling all on our own without ever thinking about it.
In fact, all this narrative technique stuff is the subject of the paper I'm giving at the Children's Lit conference in July. I'll be focusing on Gary Crew and Steven Woolman's Australian picture book, The Watertower. It's probably one of the most unique marriages of text and image I've ever seen, employing film-like reel sequences and unique "shots" of narrative action.
If you haven't yet, get hold of a David Wiesner picture book for yourself. The Three Pigs is fantastic, and his newest offering, Flotsam (2006), won a Caldecott medal. While it might be hard to lay hands on it, The Watertower is a great read for all ages.