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The Hallo-Weiner Paperback – September 1, 1999
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From Publishers 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 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 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
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Board book edition.
Top customer reviews
The story is a nice one. This paperboy embodies both responsibility and thoughtful introspection - at the end you really get the sense that the boy is a big dreamer with the right values to embark on an exceptional life.
I really love this book and the missing star is because of just one small issue with this printing (paperback): the text on some pages is too dark for the background - I think they could have improved the contrast in the printing.
But do grab this if you have a young child - you won't regret it.
My granddaughter has loved this book since she was only three years old although older kids will love it, too, just as she still does. She delights in all the troubles Oscar, the Wiener Dog, has to deal with on that very special day: Halloween. Oscar plans a scary costume but when his mom has worked hard to create a costume of a hotdog bun complete with mustard, he wears it to please her. In the end, the costume helps Oscar to save the day when all his doggy friends are scared by an evil, hissing monster and they jump into a pond to escape from it.
Ashleigh can listen to this book over and over and over --- and because of Pilkey's delightful language and delicious puns, this book never gets old for grandma either.
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But NB: the hard copy is not a hard cover, but rather a child's board book.