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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

Books Starring Dachshunds

by Vicki Palmquist

The Hallo Weiner  

The Hallo-Wiener

Dav Pilkey
Scholastic, 1999

Oscar, the dachshund, wants to wear a scary costume for Halloween but his mother has other ideas. She sews him a hot-dog bun with mustard and he must wear it so he doesn’t hurt her feelings. It’s hard to navigate and his friends get to the treats before he does, but when the pack is threatened by some monster cats, it’s Oscar to the rescue! Preschool through Grade 2.

Hot Dog Cold Dog  

Hot Dog, Cold Dog (board book)

Frann Preston-Gannon
POW! 2014

Dachsunds go everywhere, in every style of fashion, in every weather, engaging in every activity. Funny, colorful, and endearing to engage baby. A large-format board book for a good read-aloud. Young babies.

Lumpito and the Painter from Spain  

Lumpito and the Painter from Spain

Monica Kulling, illustrated by Dean Griffiths
Pajama Press, 2013

Do you know the true story of Pablo Picasso’s enchantment with a dachshund named Lump, who was the pet of photographer David Duncan? When photographer and dog visited Picasso, it was the beginning of a beautiful relationship. When Duncan realizes how much the artist and the dog care for each other, he leaves Lump in his new home. A charming story about friendship and art.


Moxie, the Dachshund of Fallingwater

Cara Armstrong
Bright Sky Press, 2010

An introductory look at the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, and what is now a public museum at Fallingwater in southwest Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, from the viewpoint of Moxie, one of the dachshund gang that gamboled about the house when the Kaufmann family lived there. Written by the curator of education at Fallingwater. Kindergarten through Grade 3.



by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans
Arthur A. Levine Books, 2006 (originally published in 1937)

Noodle, the dachshund, feels he’s too long and his legs are too short to successfully dig for bones. Granted one wish by the dog fairy, he asks all the animals in the zoo what shape he should wish to be. They teach him a good deal about being proud and content with the body we have. Preschool.



by Margret Ray, illustrated by H.A. Rey
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1997

Greta, a petite dachshund, doesn’t care for long-in-body dachshunds, which is exactly what Pretzel wins a blue ribbon for being. This is a tale of puppy love. A classic from the team who created Curious George. PreK through Grade 2.

10 Little Hot Dogs  

10 Little Hot Dogs

John Himmelman
Two Lions, 2014

A progressive counting book, one then two and finally ten dachshunds join their friends in a comfy chair, settle down for a nap, then wake up and leave the chair. They’re full of antics and play. A good read-aloud for a small group or one child. Preschool to K.

Wiener Wolf  

Wiener Wolf

Jeff Crosby
Disney-Hyperion, 2011

A good choice for early readers, the minimal text and emotional artwork will be satisfying to read. Wiener dog sees a nature documentary and realizes he’s bored with his pampered life, so he runs off to join a pack of wolves! Weiner Wolf soon realizes the difference between wild and domesticated, returning home to Granny and his new pack in the dog park. PreK through Grade 2.

5 Responses to Books Starring Dachshunds

  1. Cynthia Cotten April 7, 2015 at 8:27 am #

    Great selections. I would also include the delightful Lumpito and the Painter from Spain, by Monica Kulling (illustrated by Dean Griffiths; Pajama Press, Inc. 2013) The book’s description: “Lumpito and the Painter from Spain is inspired by the true story of Picasso’s love affair with a dachshund named Lump who came for a visit, refused to leave and became immortalized in a number of the artist’s paintings and drawings.”

    • Monica Kulling April 7, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

      Thank you so much, Cynthia! It was a pleasure to write about this darling little doggie.

  2. Vicki April 7, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    That’s an excellent suggestion, Cynthia. I know somebody who can add that book to the list … right now! Thanks for contributing to the knowledge base! 🙂

  3. Norma Gaffron April 7, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    Good Morning, Vicki,
    Just the mention of dachshunds got me reading your wonderful list. Willie, our dachsie, was in love with the neighbor’s German Shepherd. There must be a picture book there somewhere…

    • Vicki Palmquist April 9, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

      There’s absolutely a picture book there, Norma. The contrast in size alone makes a good visual.

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