Wiener Wolf

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Weiner dog's easy life has lost its luster. And neither squeak toy, nor biscuit, nor TV can cure his ennui. So when the call of the wild comes, he answers! Weiner Dog becomes...Weiner Wolf.

A sweet, funny picture book in the spirit of Good Dog, Carl! and Martha Speaks!, Weiner Wolf is sure to appeal to the adventurous side of pets and their owners.

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Weiner dog's easy life has lost its luster. And neither squeak toy, nor biscuit, nor TV can cure his ennui. So when the call of the wild comes, he answers! Weiner Dog becomes...Weiner Wolf.

A sweet, funny picture book in the spirit of Good Dog, Carl! and Martha Speaks!, Weiner Wolf is sure to appeal to the adventurous side of pets and their owners.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Crosby (Little Lions, Bull Baiters, & Hunting Hounds) turns in a tight, polished performance in this story of a dachshund that answers the call of the wild (and then redials). Crosby's paintings display a thorough understanding of his hero's boredom—and sense of adventure. Wiener Dog lies belly up in his dog bed, watching as Granny slops another can of wet dog food into his bowl; one can almost hear him groan. So when he runs away and befriends a pack of wolves, life seems ideal. "He had a new backyard and a new water dish and new squeaky toys," Crosby writes as Wiener Dog runs through the forest, drinks from a stream, and tussles with adorable wolf cubs. Ideal, that is, until the climax of the wolves' hunt; it occurs offstage, but is clearly bloody. "Yikes!" says Wiener Dog. Crosby employs an array of techniques in his visual storytelling, from the way Wiener Dog appears to run right out of spot illustrations to the hilarious contrast between the turtleneck sweater–wearing dog and the slavering wolves. This wiener's a winner. Ages 4–7. (July)
Children's Literature - JoAn Watson Martin
Wiener Dog had it easy. Too easy. His days had become boring. The reader will recognize immediately what is missing in the dog's life. He sees the excitement of running with a pack of wolves instead of sitting around with a knitting granny. When your toy loses its squeak, it is time to strike out. The boy or girl packing up and running away from home can identify with Wiener Dog's lack of adventure in his life. But dare he put himself in such peril? Four to seven-year olds can run away with Wiener Dog vicariously without dealing with the dangers of the world. He ran away to live in the wilderness. When the huge pack of wolves surrounded him, Wiener Dog understood his only hope was to shed the sweater if he expected to become one of the "big boys." In addition he changed his name to Wiener Wolf. But is having a gigantic backyard to roam around in and a rushing creek instead of a boring water dish worth such a scary change? When a tame game like hide-and-seek turns into a deer hunt, the theme becomes "the grass is always greener." Granny catches on and solves Wiener Dog's problems. If you look carefully, Jeff Crosby adds clever touches in the art work—Wiener Dog exits the house through his doggie door and thumbs a ride to the State Park. Reviewer: JoAn Watson Martin
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Wiener Dog, a sweater-wearing lap dog who lives with Granny, feels that something is missing in his prosaic lifestyle. He is losing the wag in his tail and he doesn't know what he yearns for until he sees some wolves on TV. He hitches a ride with some campers headed for the wilderness where he meets some fearsome wolves that sense the shared DNA and permit him to run with the pack. Wiener Dog quickly sheds his sweater and transforms into the brave and daring Wiener Wolf. He proudly answers the call of the wild until he witnesses the predators' fierce hunt. He then realizes that he is just Wiener Dog and that he belongs at home with Granny. After his return, he satisfies his quest for adventure in the park, where he runs with a domestic pack. Readers will enjoy Crosby's soft, acrylic illustrations that portray the wolves in a wild, realistic way while Wiener Dog is full of human emotion. Each page is rich with details and gives readers much to explore. The minimal text perfectly complements each illustration, which makes this book a good choice for early readers. Some young listeners may find the illustrations of the wolves a bit frightening, but dog lovers will especially adore Wiener Wolf.—Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews

Wiener Dog is a bored and pampered dachshund itching to break away from his ho-hum life in the lap of his doting owner, an old-fashioned grandmother.

Watching a TV show about howling wolves is the catalyst for Wiener Dog's transformation from a meek, domesticated dog in a red sweater to his alter ego: Wiener Wolf. The adventurous dachshund hitches a ride to a state park, meets up with a pack of wolves and takes a walk on the wild side as he explores fresh territory with his new furry friends. At first, the smaller dog is intimidated by the wolves, but he loses his sweater and joins the pack, making for a hilarious juxtaposition of the little dog scrambling to keep up with the much larger wolves. The dog loses his nerve as the wolves close in on a fleeing deer, depicted on a white background with loping, snarling wolves and the little dog frozen with a horrified expression. Wiener Wolf reverts back to Wiener Dog, running right out of the illustration and hitching a ride back home to Granny. The dachshund is funny in both movement and expression, and the wild-eyed wolves are suitably scary. Dachshund owners young and old will adore this. The portrayal of Granny is regrettably stereotypical, though.

Running with wolves is enticing, but coming back home is always a comfort. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423139836
  • Publisher: Disney Press
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 497,808
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Crosby ( has illustrated for several notable publications, including the New York TImes, the Village Voice and Entertainment Weekly, as well as seven children's books. He coauthored and coillustrated the award winning juvenile nonfiction book, Little Lions, Bull Baiters & Hunting Hounds: A History of Dog Breeds with his wife, Shelley. The couple lives in the wilds of Colorado with their pack: daughter, Harper; shih tzu, Millie; and two wiener dogs, Baron and Fritz.

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    For dog lovers!

    This book is on the 2x2 reading list. Got it from the library at school & read it to my students. Then went right out and bought it for my own personal library! Really cute book about a dog's adventure & then how he gets homesick & returns to his owner. If you like dogs or dachshunds, it is a must have :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Very Fun Book

    This book is so cute! My 3year old just loves it! The graphics are great and it really holds a toddlers attention!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2011

    Funny and Endearing Wiener Wolf

    This is one of the best children's books I've ever seen and read. The illustrations are superb and humorously executed as well as intricate. As a parent and former geometry teacher, I appreciate the child's early introduction to cause and effect (logical) and consequences of one's actions (a lesson needed by ALL children).

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