Re: Another Odd Question. . .
I am taking the meaning as "you open the book, the first you read is a short story, then it moves on to the novel proper"
Not too many examples of that (plenty of examples of "a short story was written first and the world developed into a novel later though.)
I think it sounds like a nice idea, a little different, kind of refreshing. If you have that in mind, I would say go for it!