The Hallo-wiener

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From Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants, a funny tale of a little dog with a big bullying problem.

Oscar is short, like all dachshunds, and all the other dogs make fun of him. On Halloween he takes more ridicule than ever in his hot-dog costume, but one brave act makes him a Grade-A hero -- proving that a little wiener can be a real winner!

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Overview


From Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants, a funny tale of a little dog with a big bullying problem.

Oscar is short, like all dachshunds, and all the other dogs make fun of him. On Halloween he takes more ridicule than ever in his hot-dog costume, but one brave act makes him a Grade-A hero -- proving that a little wiener can be a real winner!

All the other dogs make fun of Oscar the dachshund until one Halloween when, dressed as a hot dog, Oscar bravely rescues the others.

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Praise for THE HALLO-WIENER
A SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL Best Book of the Year

"This may be the funniest Halloween story ever written, and it's definitely got the most loveable hero." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review

"Canine pun-o-rama." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

"Raising this story above cliche and bringing it poignancy is Oscar's goodness, which shines almost perpetually." --KIRKUS REVIEWS

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Costumed by his mother as a hot dog with bun, Oscar the dachshund goes from hangdog to top dog in what PW's starred review called a "pun-o-rama." Ages 4-7. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Susan Fournier
Children will immediately identify with Oscar, a little "wiener" dog with many problems. Because of his unusual shape and size, the rest of the dog and cat community often teases Oscar. To make matters worse, Oscar's mother surprises him with a homemade Halloween costume. The hot dog costume, complete with mustard and a bun, is not exactly what Oscar had in mind. Not wanting to hurt his mother's feelings, Oscar decides to wear the costume even though he knows the reaction it will evoke from his friends. Burdened by the size of his costume, Oscar tries to trick-or-treat with his friends despite incessant teasing and hounds who take all the treats before Oscar can make it to the houses. Oscar feels that all is lost. Suddenly, a ghastly monster appears and frightens the dogs so much that they jump into a nearby pond to hide. Because of his short stature, Oscar is able to discover the true identity of the monster and expose it as a couple of ornery cats. Oscar rescues his friends and becomes a hero. The colorful illustrations and rich language compliment this hilarious tale. Readers will cheer for Oscar as he goes from a "Wiener Dog" to a "Hero Sandwich."
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Oscar is a dachshund who is ``...half-a-dog tall and one-and-a-half dogs long.'' All the other neighborhood dogs-a motley crew of meanies-make fun of him. His mother doesn't help matters any, showering him publicly with endearments that refer invariably to sausage. What Oscar wants more than anything is to be something scary for Halloween, but when he rushes home from obedience school his mother surprises him with a costume that's exactly the opposite of what he had in mind-``...a giant hot-dog bun, complete with mustard.'' He gives his mom a kiss, but the look on his face is pure pain. Poor Oscar! Slowed down by his silly costume, he trails behind his pack of greedy peers, who snarf up all the treats at each house before he has a chance to grab any. But Oscar is truly a good dog-when two cats disguised as a monster chase his pals into the lake, he swims to their rescue and finally earns their appreciation. Pilkey's vibrant, cartoonstyle illustrations include tons of hilarious touches-Oscar's mother has crazy human lipstick lips painted on her muzzle; his teacher has a milkbone on his desk instead of an apple (and the lesson of the day is SIT-STAY); and the two ornery felines can often be seen laughing at the canines from their unique vantage point. This may be the funniest Halloween story ever written, and it's definitely got the most lovable hero.-Vanessa Elder, School Library Journal
Mary Harris Veeder
Oscar the dachshund is a dog with a problem: it's hard to win doggy respect when your mother calls you "my little Vienna Sausage." Mom's idea of a Halloween costume is a bun with mustard, but Oscar makes the most of the outfit, defeating a monstrous pair of masquerading cats to get his nickname changed from Wiener Dog to Hero Sandwich. Pilkey's wacky humor comes out in both story and pictures--a recalcitrant pupil at school writes on the chalkboard, "I will not sniff my neighbor." Set against a series of vivid, clearly painted skies, the pictures promise a world in which menace is only artificial and underdogs can become wonderdogs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545661362
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/24/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 787,495
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dav Pilkey

Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series; DOG BREATH, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and THE PAPERBOY, a Caldecott Honor Book. He lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him online at www.pilkey.com.
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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    I first found this book when I taught first grade, and knew I ha

    I first found this book when I taught first grade, and knew I had to have it....I was always talking about my doxie to my students. They loved this book, and it became a Halloween staple. Then...I lost my copy. Bought another one, which kinda fell apart, and bought yet ANOTHER one!! Great story, funny illustrations, and doxies...how can you not love this book?

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

    Great story!

    This is one of my favorite children's stories. I first bought this book for my nephew a few years ago. I found myself laughing out loud in the store. I now have a daughter of my own and this is one of the first books I bought for her collection. I still find myself laughing at the story.

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  • Posted December 21, 2009

    LOVE THIS DOG!

    This book is awesome for little ones, especially for Halloween! I have purchased several copies of this book for friends and family! Cute story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2008

    Great book for all ages

    I love this book! One year my class read it together and i couldn't help but to laugh! It is a great book for everyone to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2006

    A Treat for Halloween & Beyond...

    This story is fun for kids of all ages who love Halloween, Dogs, and a cleverly told tale. Presented through Pilkey's humorous drawings of an optimistic, but lowly wiener dog who overcomes the teasing of 'friends' about his unusual appearance, a well meaning mom, and a tacky costume. Through his kind heart (he doesn't want to hurt his mom's feelings), bravery, and forgiving spirit he and his detractors learn the true meaning of friendship and that things aren't always what they seem. A fun children's read with plenty of references that adults will enjoy as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    A 5th Grade Teacher from Virginia

    This is one of the most hilarious books I have ever shared with my students! It is a fun book to read not only in October, but throughout the year. I read it to my students when I taught Kindergarten, and they loved it just as much as my fifth graders do! Dav Pilkey has a knack for capturing the personality of the lovable and amusing Dachshund Oscar in his wonderful illustrations. This is a must-have for all elementary teachers and parents!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2005

    Fun all year round!

    This is a great read for kids even if it's not Halloween. The illustrations are fun, and the kids learn a lesson on how anyone can be a hero - even a wiener dog coddled by his mom!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2002

    I haven't laughed so hard

    I checked this book out from our library, and I couldn't wait to get home to read it to my 3 yr. old daughter. She loved it, I don't remember how many times we have read it together. This book teaches a very very good lesson as well as entertains. I highly recommend this book!!!

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