The Last Basselope: One Ferocious Story


In a story of adventure and revelation, Opus leads a reluctant crew of the great and famous discoverers in pursuit if the final descendant of an ancient, ferocious race.

In hopes of making a Great Discovery, Opus the penguin leads his friends into the forest to search for the legendary, ferocious Basselope.

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (13) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $4.45   
  • Used (8) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...


In a story of adventure and revelation, Opus leads a reluctant crew of the great and famous discoverers in pursuit if the final descendant of an ancient, ferocious race.

In hopes of making a Great Discovery, Opus the penguin leads his friends into the forest to search for the legendary, ferocious Basselope.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Breathed's ( A Wish for Wings That Work ) instantly recognizable characters--among them the pusillanimous Opus and the sputtering Bill the Cat--star in this color-saturated, characteristically silly wilderness adventure. Donning his pith helmet, ``Great but Not Particularly Brave Discoverer'' Opus instigates a hunt for the savage Basselope, a creature said to have inspired terror since prehistoric times. Deep in the forest, the cowardly search party locates that odious beast--a gentle basset hound with the antlers of an antelope whose allergy to puffy dandelions lends a perpetual pre-sneeze snarl to his flabby face. Breathed's phosphorescent hues and otherworldly settings seem inspired by a lava lamp's glowing interior; he offsets his lush, airbrushed creations with pencil sketches of the bumbling ``Great Basselope Expeditionary Force.'' This book's humor and phraseology, however, seem more sophisticated than that of Breathed's A Wish for Wings That Work , and the pace occasionally slackens. Still, this rambunctious episode in several now-familiar cartoon lives provides comedy and drama for the author's devotees. All ages. Children's BOMC selection. (Oct.)
Children's Literature
This picture storybook features Opus and his friends from the popular Bloom County cartoon strip previously found in national newspapers. Opus is a penguin who decides to form an expedition to discover the whereabouts of the Last Basselope. Legend has it that the creature is a ferocious, slobbery-fanged beast. The expedition volunteers, Bill the Housecat, Milquetoast the Housebug and Ronald-Ann the Housekid, are dragged away from televisions and assigned duties. When they reach the forest gloom, they see evidence of the basselope and camp uneasily that night. The next morning they encounter their prey and discover that it is prevented from being ferocious because of dandelion allergies. Ronald-Ann offers the basselope "Tidy-Nose Allergy Spray." When the media rushes in, the former expedition members who are now the new friends of the basselope, manage to mislead the camera-carrying forces. The Last Basselope takes his leave because everyone agrees that it is best to keep him undiscovered. Multiple text and illustration vignettes reveal the sophisticated humor intended for older elementary through adult readers. The characters' traits, their images and expressions, and the small details in the scenes result in a whirlwind tour through the hilarious world of a clever cartoonist. The imagination of Berkely Breathed cannot be denied. 2001 (orig. 1992), Little Brown, $5.95. Ages 9 to 14. Reviewer: Jacki Vawter
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-- This modern fable will primarily appeal to fans of Breathed's comic strips. Glowingly surreal illustrations decorate the slight story and enhance the comedy of the fairly simple plot. Otis the penguin, along with his friends Ronald-Ann, Bill the Cat, and Milquetoast the Housebug, sets out in search of a prehistoric beast known as the Last Basselope. Once found, the beast turns out to be friendly rather than ferocious, and the intrepid adventurers decide to protect rather than exploit it. Breathed's sense of humor is delightfully sarcastic and sophisticated, but it may be missed by some younger readers. They may, however, find the sheer silliness of the tale appealing and enjoy the chance to see in book form some of the familiar characters from Bloom County and Outland. Older children and adults are more likely to appreciate the satiric view of television, print media, and contemporary society's materialistic values. Clearly, though, the usefulness of this title will depend upon the popularity of the author and the likelihood of patron interest and demand, for it is an extension of Breathed's work rather than a truly independent effort. --Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
From Barnes & Noble
The ripsnorting adventure of Opus & the Great Basselope Expeditionary Force, who set out in pursuit of the last descendant of an ancient & ferocious race. From the creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Bloom County. 12" x 9". Color & b&w illus.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316126649
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 PBK ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 251,148
  • Age range: 1 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Berkeley Breathed is a cartoonist, novelist, director, and screenwriter, best known for the popular comic strip "Bloom County." He has written and/or illustrated many books for young readers, including Red Ranger Came Calling, The Last Basselope, Goodnight Opus, and A Wish for Wings That Worked.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2004

    Great fun!!

    I bought this book years ago for my much younger sisters. We all enjoyed the story - the pictures were fun, the story interesting. It was their favorite story for me to read to them! Now I'm buying it for my daughter and will be reading it to her class. I know it will be a huge hit!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)