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The Hallo-wiener

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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.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Mary Ann
All the other neighborhood dogs tease Oscar, a little dachshund who is “half-a-dog tall and one-and-a-half dogs long.” It doesn’t help that Oscar’s mother showers him with public affection, calling him “my little Vienna sausage." On Halloween, Oscar is embarrassed by the costume his mother has made – a full hot dog bun, with Oscar as the wiener dog – but he wears it because he doesn’t want to hurt his mother’s feelings. Slowed down by his costume, Oscar can’t keep up with all the other dogs. But...more
Sep 28, 2010 Brenda rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Brenda by: Children's Book group: Autumn/Halloween books
Shelves: picture-books
Oscar is an adorable dachshund who dreams of Halloween, trick-or-treating and scary costumes. He even wears a "hot-dog bun costume complete with mustard" because he does not want to hurt his mothers feelings. Oscar even has to deal with some other dogs that make fun of and embarrass him. The dogs even go so far as to take all of the candy before Oscar even has a chance to get any. Yet, when the dogs jump into the pond in order to escape a spooky monster, Oscar is the one who comes to the their c...more
I have always loved Dav Pilkey's books, including his Captain Underpant's series. The Hallo-wiener is a wonderful short story that combines humor and a life long lesson: to treat your friends nicely because they can ultimately help you in dire situations. The protagonist, a wiener dog wears a hilarious hot dog costume for halloween, resulting in other dogs making fun of him. However, when the dogs are trapped in a lake, the wiener dog rescues them. He then becomes their friend forever. I recomme...more
Hot dog jokes. This book is a wiener.
I liked the hot dog puns.
This book is very cute and clever. It is all about a wiener dog named Oscar who is constantly made fun of from all the other dogs because of his unique shape and size. Oscar was nothing like the other dogs because he was half a dog tall and one and a half dogs long. However, the mean dogs were not affecting Oscar today because today was Halloween and he had all kinds of ideas in mind of what to be. His mother had a wonderful Halloween costume waiting for him when he got home and it was a giant h...more
Emily Madill
The Hallo-Wiener is a Halloween classic and another favorite on our bookshelf. Oscar the dog was half-a-dog tall and one-and-a half dogs long. He was forever being teased and taunted by his fellow dogmates for being a "wiener dog" and different from the group. When Halloween arrived, Oscar desperately wanted a scary costume so he could fit in and be 'just like the other dogs'. However, his Mom who didn't make matters better for Oscar by affectionately calling him "her Vienna sausage", and"darlin...more
Oscar is not like the other dogs, he's long and they make fun of him for it. They call him a wiener dog. What makes it even worse is on Halloween, his mom gets him a hot dog bun as a costume. What can he do to get acceptance from the other dogs?

I felt bad for Oscar. The other dogs made fun of him, but the ending was nice, and they didn't call him wiener dog anymore.
Laura Madsen
THE HALLO-WIENER is my all-time-favorite children’s book of any genre. I’ve bought this book for a number of friends with small children, and will soon need to replace my own bedraggled copy. Oscar is a wiener dog who is “half-a-dog tall and one-and-a-half dogs long.” All the other dogs tease him, and the teasing gets even worse when his mom makes him a hotdog costume for Halloween. He tags along behind his friends on Halloween night, embarrassed by his costume. The other dogs are spooked by a m...more
This is great. The story and pictures are adorable. But there are only a few who know why I really love this book. :-)

9/17/08: This will work great for a story time! Though the text is not much per page and it isn't all that long, I think the age group would get some of the jokes. And as I have an attachment to this book, I'd love to use it!

10/31/12 & 11/1/12: Used to open my Halloween preschool theme. A few jokes that neither group got, which I expected. But they followed the story well. An...more
Amy Fretz
This book is very cute! It is about a wiener dog who is made fun of by his neighborhood dogs for being so short and long. For Halloween he was a hot dog and because of his costume, he fell behind the pack. When he finally caught up with them, the dogs had jumped into the lake to get away from the scary Halloween monster. The wiener dog realizes that the monster is really not a monster and unveils the cats that are in the costume. He saves the day and rescues the dogs using his costume as a float...more
Shannon Janik
“The Hallo-Wiener” by Dav Pilkey is an adorable story about a wiener dog that is struggling with his self-image. The poor little dog gets make fun of relentlessly until finally one day he saves the day! This story has many little puns that are fun for the one reading the book. Often in children’s books the adult reader may be bored with the juvenile content but I found myself laughing out loud because of this book. Especially when they made hotdog jokes about poor Oscar looking quite “frank”. Th...more
I don't know what your classic Halloween book was, but in my house, it was The Hallo-wiener. This is a fantastic story about a dachshund whose mom makes him a Halloween costume... and much to his mortification, it turns out to be a costume that turns him into a giant hot dog. Because he loves his mom, he wears the costume, even though all the other dogs make fun of him... that is, until the Hallo-wiener and his hot dog costume are given the chance to save the day!
I gave this to my godson, but re...more
The first book I ever read by myself! I read this on the couch in my kindergarten classroom and every Halloween after that for a long time.
Oscar is teased by all the other dogs. He's shorter and longer. When his mom makes him a hot dog costume for Halloween the teasing is worse than ever! When the other dogs are in trouble it's Oscar's uniqueness that saves the day!

A fun book for Halloween that isn't spooky at all.
Lauren Shay
Adorable, cute halloween read, I have two dachshunds of my own so it warms my heart! :D
This is a sweet and funny book starring a loveable weiner dog. Who could ask for more?!
Second graders and I loved this book, especially with the pages projected onto the SmartBoard. They loved pointing out the little details, like those sneaky cats. After the 1st group snickered over the word "wiener" I showed the dictionary entry for it on the SB for the 2nd group. I've never known kids to be so interested in smoked sausage. It helped that the dictionary entry gave us the words frankfurter and Vienna sausage, which are used in the book. Kids really identified with the bullying th...more
This story is so cute and clever and I feel it can be read from about 1st grade to 3rd grade. I read it to a kindergarten class and i could tell that it didnt click with more than a few of the students becuase of the word play. It teaches children a lesson in being nice to others even if they are different. It is a Halloween story so read it in the month of October. This story is great for 1st graders espically because at their age they are learning how to play with words and there are multiple...more
OK, this book is just as fun, if not more, for the adults reading it than for the kids. I got it from the Halloween shelf in October as a fun way to get in the spirit for my 2 1/2 y/o. It follows the story of Oscar (be sure to check out his last name on the mailbox) who is a dachshund who's always being made fun of by the other dogs for being "half a dog tall and a dog and a half long". As in all good kids books, the little guy gets his due in the end with plenty of fun for the reader and listen...more
Because this is written by the same author as the Captain Underpants series, I was anticipating it would be funny and entertaining--and it was! There are elements both in the text and in the pictures that cater to both children and adults.

This is a story about friendship, bullies, sharing, and happy endings (even when the beginning wasn't very happy). Because it is a longer story, it would be better for older children or those with longer attention spans. It would be a fun story for read aloud!
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5 stars cuz I think it's amazing when kids books are equally funny for adults
wrong season, Sarah, I know but I wanted to put his website here in case there are bored 4th grade boys whose parents come to this site and find him and lead their kid to it and I had to either put all of his books, my favorite of his, or the captian underpants ones (which I haven't actually read) so leave me alone and just ignore this review until October.
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Caroline Petty
This is a book that describes everything children can relate to: fitting in and adapting to the social norms of peers being the main components. It is a humorous lesson in accepting everyone and not being so quick to judge because we never know when we'll need the assistance of someone else. It is also an excellent choice to read during the Halloween season when children are anxiously awaiting the wearing of beloved costumes.
Scott McLeod
This is our family's favorite Halloween kids book. The story line is great - hooray for plucky Oscar! - and the small, clever details on every page (and the numerous puns) show that Pilkey is a master of his craft. For those of you who are concerned about the 'potty humor' that is in some of Pilkey's other books, there are no such concerns here. This is just a clean, hilarious, heartwarming tale safe for children of all ages.
This is a pretty pointless book. It's about a dachshund puppy who gets teased by the other dogs at obedience school for being a "wiener dog", and to make things worse his mom gets him a hotdog costume for Halloween. The illustrations remind me of a cheap Saturday morning cartoon; they redeem themselves slightly for having several visual jokes. It's mildly funny, full of hotdog puns, but really not worth your time.
I discovered this book when I was a student teacher and the school's librarian read it to my kindergarten class. It was such a cute little story about not judging a book by its cover. What a fantastic message! I read it to my intermediate students every year and they love it just as much as the little guys too. Best part, using a German lady's accent for Oscar's mom's voice. The kids get a kick out of it!
Arica Newcom
The Hallo-wiener is a great book to read around Halloween time. It is told from the perspective of a wiener dog, Oscar, who often gets bullied from his dog friends. After his mom makes him dress as a hotdog for Halloween, Oscar goes through a night of his friends making fun of him, until he is put into a situation where he may become the hero. This is a fun book and great to use for a readers theater.
Mrs. Brandt
Oscar, a daschund, plans to dress up as something scary for Halloween- but his mother is so proud of the 'hot dog in a bun' costume she made for him, that he can't say no. He heads out trick-or-treating with his friends, but the costume slows him down, and soon he is all alone. Dav Pilkey's colorful pictures and off-beat humor make this a fun book, even for somewhat older students
Ellen Brandt
Oscar, a daschund, plans to dress up as something scary for Halloween- but his mother is so proud of the 'hot dog in a bun' costume she made for him, that he can't say no. He heads out trick-or-treating with his friends, but the costume slows him down, and soon he is all alone. Dav Pilkey's colorful pictures and off-beat humor make this a fun book, even for somewhat older students
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David "Dav" Pilkey (b. March 4, 1966), is a popular children's author and artist. Pilkey is best known as the author and illustrator of the Captain Underpants book series. He lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife, Sayuri.

More about Dav Pilkey...
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