Keith, I hate you.I'll go to the store today and pick up a copy.
If I have your permission, I will have him use this as the description. (Just didn't want to use something without permission)Murakami Haruki's 夜のくもざる is a collection of 2-page short stories by Murakami, with accompanying illustrations by Anzai Mizumaru. It was originally a series of billboard ads commissioned by a stationary or pen company, that was later collected into book form.
Murakami's writing style is pretty accessible, even to beginners, and since the stories are so short, it would be easier for people who are still looking up every character to get through a complete story in a reasonable period of time. Murakami's done such a great job on each of these stories, though, that even an advanced reader can get enjoyment out of them.