For me, the two books that pair words and pictures together the best are The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Maus. Hugo Cabret was mind blowing; seeing how seamlessly the artist melded the artwork, pictures, and text together. It comes as close as I've ever seen to being a movie you can hold in your hands.
Maus is...a difficult read but one you really should try. The author/illustrator inserts himself in the story as he illustrates his parent's life during the Nazi's rule. With the Jews portrayed as mice, Nazis as cats, etc. the elements have a visceral element that can still be read without the illustrations becoming too much. Even then, there are very difficult points in the story but it's one that needs to be read.