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The Hallo-wiener

by Dav Pilkey (Author), Daniel Pinkwater

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The Hallo-Wiener
“The Hallo-Wiener” by Dav Pilkey is a holiday book about Halloween. “There once was a dog named Oscar who was half-a-dog tall and one-and-a-half dogs long”. This is an example of the descriptive language that the book begins with. Immediately the reader has a mental vision of Oscar; however, the illustrations are also descriptive by showing what the text is saying. This book does a great job combing descriptive language with descriptive illustrations. For example, When Oscar’s Mom gets him his Halloween costume and he doesn’t like it, “Oscar did not want to hurt his mother’s feelings, so he decided to wear the silly costume” is the written text and above the text is a picture of Oscar licking his Mom and looking sad and upset. This book pushes readers to think about tough issues. Although Oscar is small, he discovers he is able to see things that his friends cannot. When the monster scares his friends into the pond, he is able to see it was “a couple of ornery cats”. Oscar rescues the other dogs and they realize that just because he is small doesn’t mean he doesn’t isn’t special. The big idea of this story is to show that everyone is special, even when they are different. ( )
  areyno5 | Nov 25, 2014 |
I really enjoyed reading this book with my 5-year-old. It's got a great message--even though the main character is often picked on by his peers, he still turns around and is a friend to them.

I love that his first name is Oscar. Makes me wonder if his second name is M-A-Y-E-R. Too funny!!! ( )
  trayceetee | Nov 15, 2014 |
This Halloween story was surprisingly delightful! Fun how the dachshund saved the day (or night) at the lake because he had a different perspective on things, and saw the monster for what it was. Cute! ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
One of my favorite Halloween read alouds. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Adorable story about a weiner pup and his friends. The pup isn't so excited about his Halloween costume but it ends up saving the day in the end! ( )
  jverke | Mar 9, 2013 |
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There was once a dog named Oscar who was half-a-dog tall and one-and-a-half dogs long.
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Oscar is short, like all dachshunds, and all the 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 Grade-A hero.

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All the other dogs make fun of Oscar the dachshund until one Halloween when, dressed as a hot dog, Oscar bravely rescues the others.

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