The Last Basselope

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The Last Basselope, One Ferocious Story
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Author Berkeley Breathed
Illustrator Berkeley Breathed
Cover artist Berkeley Breathed
Country United States
Language English
Series Bloom County
Genre Comedy
Publisher Little Brown & Co
Publication date
April 1, 1992

The Last Basselope is a children's book by Berkeley Breathed published in 1992.[1][2] The 32 page story depicts Breathed's Outland characters, led by Opus the Penguin,[3] hunting the last remaining specimen of a purportedly fierce beast called a Basselope.[4] Once found, the beast—named Rosebud—turns out to be friendly and harmless.[3]

The book has been recommended as a resource with which to teach about the concept of endangered species and extinction.[4]


  1. ^ University of Chicago Press, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Volume 46 (1992), p. 141.
  2. ^ M. Keith Booker, Comics through Time: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas (2014), p. 916.
  3. ^ a b Gale Group, Something about the Author, Volume 86 (1996), p. 27.
  4. ^ a b David Martin, Elementary Science Methods: A Constructivist Approach (2008), p. 435.

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