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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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Oct 07, 2016 Mariah rated it really liked it
My students LOVED this book! They thought it was hilarious!
Mandy Crider
Oct 05, 2015 Mandy Crider rated it it was amazing
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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
Oct 06, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
A great tale to teach friendship & bullying to primary students, The Hallo-wiener could also be used in the classroom to teach how illustrations can help you understand the text. This non-scary Halloween-themed book is appropriate for ages 4 and up, and I would recommend it for school and home libraries.
Oct 19, 2016 Cora rated it it was amazing
(Per my first graders) It was awesome! It was funny. It was amazing! It was cute. We loved it! It was fun. It was really great and really funny! It was really good.
Sep 28, 2010 Brenda rated it liked it
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 ...more
Oct 29, 2015 Luann rated it really liked it
Poor Oscar gets picked on and called "wiener dog" by all the other dogs. He wants to be something scary for Halloween, but can't disappoint his mother when she makes him a hot dog costume. Of course all the other dogs make even more fun of him, but in the end he shows them what he's made of. This reminded me a lot of How Spider Saved Halloween. I wish I had had this all those years I was doing a Halloween storytime in my library. So much fun!
Jun 13, 2009 Kenny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 11th-grade-books
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 ...more
Caroline Petty
Sep 28, 2010 Caroline Petty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fun-reads
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.
Jackie Mathews
Nov 02, 2015 Jackie Mathews rated it it was amazing
I've been reading this book since I was a little girl. This year I got to dress up as Oscar the Hallo-Wiener at my library for story hour. The kids loved the book and it sends such a good message. I really recommend this book for anyone who's teaching about bullying.

Oct 14, 2009 Cara rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I liked the hot dog puns.
Oct 20, 2009 Christiana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sweet-pic-books
Hot dog jokes. This book is a wiener.
Mallory Campbell
Dec 03, 2016 Mallory Campbell rated it really liked it
I'm counting what I have read to the first graders because I don't have time to read real books during the day and I have a goal to meet- part (this was a favorite of mine as a kid)
Kelly Risinger
Funny! Typical Dav Pilkey clever humor!
Jessica Mcalister
Nov 23, 2016 Jessica Mcalister rated it it was amazing
If I could give it ten stars, I would.
Oct 19, 2016 Bridgette rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite Halloween story time books! The children love it and I think it teaches them to not pick on other kids about their size or shape.
Oct 12, 2016 Leah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
So cute!
Oct 11, 2016 House rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boys
It is very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very funny.
Oct 09, 2016 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Halloween classic. Kids always love this story as a readaloud
Oct 06, 2016 David rated it it was amazing
The book is perfect for the season and full of witty puns. I almost think it is more for the adults than it is for the kids, but the kids love it as well. It's an annual favorite at our household.
Paul Large
Oct 14, 2016 Paul Large rated it really liked it
If there is any book that portrays bullying at its finest for younger readers, it is this one. Pilkey uses the wiener dog as the one to get bullied. Throughout the book, the wiener dog gets bullied and left behind on Halloween night. During Halloween night, the rest of the dogs leave him and tease him because of his costume of a bun. But in the end, it is the main character that comes to the rescue of the rest of the dogs as a spooky monster attacks them. This was a good read that would help not ...more
Sep 29, 2016 Kate rated it it was amazing
one of my favorite books from my childhood. just found it again and its still amazing
Sep 23, 2016 Ella rated it it was amazing
I don't care that this is a children's boardbook, IT IS CLEVER AND ADORABLE. The art (fonts, general painted illustration...) is fantastic, just from an artistic perspective I wanted to read it. If this were a full comic/graphic novel, I would read it. Very cute for the Halloween season, great story for kids.
Emily Madill
Jul 30, 2012 Emily Madill rated it really liked it
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", ...more
Oct 30, 2014 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
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 arri
Stacey Orlando
Sep 17, 2014 Stacey Orlando rated it it was amazing
There was a dog named Oscar, he was a short dog but he was also very long. All the dogs made fun of him but he was not shaped like the other dogs. Oscar’s mom even made fun of him when he left for school. Today is Halloween and Oscar could not wait to trick-or-treat. He hurried home so that he could make his scary costume. The mother made him a new costume. It was a huge hot dog that had mustard on it. Everyone looked scary but Oscar just looked like a little hot dog. All the dogs were making ...more
Aaron Siclovan
Dec 06, 2014 Aaron Siclovan rated it liked it
This story is about a wiener dog named Oscar, who was half-a-dog tall and one-and-a- half dog long. All of the other dogs made fun of Oscar because of his unusual size. Even his mother made up names for him such as "Vienna Sausage" and "Sausage Link." At obedience school, Oscar was thinking of a scary costume that he could wear for Halloween, but to his dismay his mother's gift was a hot-dog costume complete with mustard. To please his mother, Oscar went trick-or-treating in his costume, despite ...more
Sep 29, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Natalie O'neill
Feb 26, 2014 Natalie O'neill rated it it was amazing
This is a cute book with a great message. Although the title may make one think differently, this book is actually of great quality because it teaches a very important lesson. It teaches the common theme or lesson “Don’t Judge a book by its cover.” The main character in this book is Oscar, a wiener dog. Because he is different from the other dogs, they all make fun of him and call him names. On Halloween night, Oscar dresses up as a hot dog, and the other dogs are so rude to him, and they rushed ...more
Laura Madsen
Oct 11, 2011 Laura Madsen rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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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.

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