Nepal, Nov. 17 -- Indian author Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi's latest offering, The Rabbit and the Squirrel, is likely to baffle librarians and booksellers, for it defies conventional genres. Its folktale-like title and illustrations will lure parents into taking it home for little ones-only for them to encounter, on page eight, the picture of a totally-stoned squirrel putting to good use "her skill as an expert roller of joints."

Semi-novella, part-graphic story, this work of art proudly calls itself "a charmed fable for grown ups." It begins with an abrupt introduction to the squirrel, who dislikes all her suitors, but is forced to settle down with a boar. Her best friend the rabbit, meanwhile, is accepted into a monastery. Leading separa...