Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Flashback Tuesday: The Hallo-wiener by Dav Pilkey

Long before Dav Pilkey gave us those funny books about Captain Underpants he gave us really brilliant picture books. I had an employee who would always try to stick Dav Pilkey's books into more story times. He loved to read Dogzilla or Kat Kong to the kids. When he did read them he did so with such enthusiasm that the children literally squealed with delight. I thought it fitting to talk about one of my all time favorite Halloween story's that was written by Mr. Pilkey.

The Hallo-wiener is one of his more brilliant works, it became an instant classic when it first came out. I loved to read it at story time because all the kids got the joke as did the parents. So many times we read storey's to kids but they are lost on the parents. This is the kind of book that even parents stopped talking for.

The story of a dachshund named Oscar who is made to wear a hot dog bun costume for Halloween is just too funny not to laugh at. The fact that his mother calls him her "little Vienna sausage" makes every parent smile even though kids needed an explanation of what that is. There is so much to love about this book, the story, the humor, the message and the illustrations all work together in a special way. This is what great story telling is all about. I truly believe that this is a must have for a child's bookshelf.

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