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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. A School Library Journal Best of the Best of 1995. Full color.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Turtleback Books
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Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My students LOVED this book! They thought it was hilarious!
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 recomme ...more
Caroline Petty
Sep 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Bleich
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I liked the hot dog puns.
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(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.
Jessica Mcalister
If I could give it ten stars, I would.
Oct 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sweet-pic-books
Hot dog jokes. This book is a wiener.
Darin Johnston
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This was a family favorite, so it made it's way to this list. Meet Oscar, a wiener dog who is “half-a-dog tall and one-and-a-half dogs long." With a smothering mother, Oscar is the butt of many jokes at school until a Halloween night incident helps him with his standing at school.

5 stars for the conversation that can be had about bullying and fitting in. Honestly, the illustrations make me laugh every time I read this book, along with the subtle one liners that are found throughout this story. A
Probably my favorite Halloween picture book.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious for all ages, and a must-have for dachshund owners!
Oct 11, 2016 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 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
an epic Halloween tale.
Emily Madill
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 fu ...more
Aaron Siclovan
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 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Natalie O'neill
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Paul Large
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura (Madsen) McLain
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
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
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
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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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