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The Hallo-Wiener

The Hallo-Wiener

4.6 11
by Dav Pilkey

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Oscar is short, like all dachshunds and 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 hero. Color illustrations throughout. A "School Library Journal" Best of the Best of 1995.


Oscar is short, like all dachshunds and 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 hero. Color illustrations throughout. A "School Library Journal" Best of the Best of 1995.

Editorial 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
From the Publisher

"Raising this story above cliche and bringing its poignancy is Oscar's goodness, which shines almost perpetually." - Kirkus - pointer review

"This may be the funniest Halloween story ever written, and it's definitely got the most lovable hero." - SLJ - starred review

"...canine pun-o-rama." - PW - starred review

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Scholastic, Inc.
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10.00(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

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 pilkey.com.

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The Hallo-Wiener 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
This book was published September 1, 1995.  It centres around an adorable little dachshund named Oscar, named after Oscar Mayer.  Because he is short and different from the other dogs in his neighbourhood he becomes the brunt of teasing and jokes. Even his mother adds to his misery by calling him her, "Vienna sausage."  He knows that Hallowe'en is fast approaching and he dreams of wearing a scary, empowering costume out trick or treating with the rest of the pack. Alas it is not to be.  When he arrives home his mom has taken it upon herself to get him his costume and when Oscar sees it, he is mortified!  It is "a giant hotdog bun complete with mustard," and guess who is the wiener?  Oh my.   Not wanting to hurt his mom's feelings, obedient little Oscar wears the costume causing more mockery to himself.  The other dogs can run fast to collect their loot but poor Oscar is inhibited by his short legs and binding costume, so when he arrives at the neighbour's door for treats, they are all gone.   His friends get into a dangerous predicament as a huge, ominous creature rises out of the darkness and forces them to run wildly and jump into the lake for safety.  Oscar saves the day by disclosing the culprits and rescuing his friends from their peril.  How is he rewarded?  Well let's say he receives hero status and loads and loads of candy from his now very grateful friends. The illustrations are vibrant, cartoonish and fun.  I highly recommend this book for your Hallowe'en collection.
tchr7681 More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Runnergirl182 More than 1 year ago
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.
mb17 More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!