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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  425 ratings  ·  103 reviews
In this colorful and touching story that celebrates what makes each of us unique, a little creature that's not quite a bird and not quite a bunny--it's "neither"--searches for a place to fit in.

In the Land of This and That, there are only two kinds: blue bunnies and yellow birds. But one day a funny green egg hatches, and a little creature that's not quite a bird and not
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published February 13th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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La Coccinelle
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This is a simple little picture book with an important message. It's timely, showing children that being inclusive is a good thing.

When a little half-bird/half-bunny creature is born in the Land of This and That, they immediately identify themselves as Both. But the other birds and bunnies tell them that they can't be Both, so they must be Neither. Neither tries to play games with the others, but they can't play the bunny games (due to their bird traits) and they can't play the bird games (due t
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals, e, gltbq
The first time this book made me cry was the two page spread right about in the middle.

The second time it made me cry was at the end.

Seriously, a picture book that makes me cry - twice - is special.

My favorite picture book of 2018.
Danika at The Lesbrary
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So cute! In a world of yellow birds and blue bunnies, Neither (/Both) is hatched and is told that they don't belong in the world of This or That. But Neither finds the Land of All, where all are welcome.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I'd read this at a storytime about friendship or similar. However, it does make me a little sad because kids take things at face value, so at the end, you've either got to leave them believing there's an inclusive world out there somewhere, or you've got to explain "so life doesn't work this way right now and we grownups are counting on you to help change that." I'd have to really put some thought into how to discuss that in a not-discouraging way.
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Children's Stories About Belonging, Difference & Tolerance
A curious little green hybrid creature is born in the Land of This and That, but is neither a blue bunny nor a yellow bird, and finds it difficult to win acceptance. Eventually driven away by unkindness, Neither wanders about, eventually finding the Land of All, where everyone is welcome, no matter who they are...

Pairing a simple tale of diversity and acceptance with brightly-colored illustrations, Neither is a book that can be interpreted in a variety of ways, all of them useful in opening a di
Edward Sullivan
This story is not at all subtle but I love it for its simplicity, accessibility, and carefree cheerfulness. Love the colors and the charming fantastical critters. It's applicable to so many conversations about about race, gender norms, and other issues of identity and diversity.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
In this vibrant and colorful picture book a cute little bird-rabbit - rabbit-bird? - birdit! - a cute little birdit is cast out from her home because she doesn't fit in with the birds or the rabbits, she is Neither (and Both). She journeys away from the Land of This or That to find the Lan of All, which is populated with a bunch of cute little combo animals, combimals if you will. This book reminded me of Dr. Seuss's The Sneetches and also of the animated film "The Point," but what it lacks in o ...more
Lynn  Davidson
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is about those who don't fit in with everyone else because they're different. It's one of acceptance, tolerance, and appreciating everyone for those differences. If we're being honest about it - that includes all of us. Bright and cheery illustrations.
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I love the message of this book (it's okay to be outside the binary!) but I don't love the presentation--I wish it had been told through realistic characters instead of talking animals and anthropomorphic foods (yes really???).
Alyssa Gudenburr
I LOVED this book. A great way to explain to children about being non-binary and not conforming to the standards of one gender. Uses the symbolism of this and that instead of boy and girl.
Kate Buechler
Jillian Heise
I get the message, though it seems a bit didactic and the book feels very juvenile. A basic primer for acceptance for our youngest readers perhaps.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bravo! First book that I see for transgender kids. Do not know if the author intended it for that audience in particular, but it can certainly be used that way. The concept is charmingly executed and the illustrations and are bright and cheery (loved how the protagonist is the color of combining "this" and "that" and even his "chirp" was a "honk"). Well done.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
When a creature discovers it doesn't fit in, it goes out and ends up finding a place of acceptance. A colorful uplifting tale. This was recommended by a customer.
Kristina Jean Lareau
1.5 stars
Heavy on the pastel colors. Heavy handed with the message. Hard pass.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I found this story of defying categories and accepting everyone simply charming.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
If some people don't get you and they are JERKS you will be ok and find your people :)
Cassandra Gelvin
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it
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In a world... where there are only birds and rabbits...

I like the message, the art is cute, but I feel like the way that is presented is somewhat confrontational. Even when the main character finds somewhere to belong, it's done in an almost confrontational way.

At the beginning, there's a world where there are only blue rabbits or yellow birds. Then a green rabbit-bird is born, and the others say, 'What are you?' and he
Laura Mossa
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Once upon a time, there were two kinds: this (a blue rabbit) and that (a yellow bird).” An egg hatches and out comes a green creature that has characteristics of both a rabbit and a bird. “You can’t be both. You must be a neither!” said this and that which forces “Neither” to fly off to Somewhere Else. As “Neither” soars in the sky, the reader can see a bird’s eye view of the Land of This and That, which is predominantly blue and yellow while the land adjacent to it includes many more colors. “N ...more
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I enjoyed this book, i've seen other reviewers say it's too simple or that they wished they hadn't used such abstract characters, and i respectfully disagree.

To some more, conservative readers, books like this can often be over the top, or in there face about it's subject matter, this book instead decide to take it's message (of acceptance and being who you were born to be) and wraps it up and a cute and colorfully illustrated story of animals and even some talking food.

This book is more subtle
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Neither by Airlie Anderson. PICTURE BOOK. Little Brown and Company, 2018. $17.00. 9780316547697



The story begins with two different kinds. A rabbit, who is this and a chick who is that. There have only ever been just the two, this or that. When a new friend hatches, who claims to be both, this and that decide he must be neither. When neither isn't "rabbity" enough to play with this, and not "birdy" enough to join in with that, he trav
Sharon Coffey
Apr 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
We’ve all felt out of place certain times in our lives. What if you felt like you didn’t fit in within your own community? Anderson’s story addresses individuality, diversity and acceptance in a friendly child-centered way. It’s told through dialogue balloons with a sparse 228 words.

The main character Neither, is unique. It’s neither bird nor bunny, but shares parts of both. When the birds and bunnies aren’t accepting, Neither sets off to find a new home. Wouldn’t we do the same thing in that si
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: child-lit, lgbtq
I don't often write reviews, but I guess I'm surprised by other reviews that called this book heavy-handed and/or unoriginal. Children's books aren't usually my wheelhouse though so maybe take this with a grain of salt? Anderson's book, while simple, managed to reach deeeeep feels that I haven't experienced since being a "weird" child. The concept of acceptance in a children's book seems RADICAL to me, but I also know that acceptance is the answer to all of my problems today. And by TODAY I mean ...more
McKenzie Richardson
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I knew when I picked this book up that I would love it. And I did. Such a fantastic idea for a story. I really enjoyed the whimsical artwork. So much color, uniqueness, and beauty. Love it.

This is a story of Neither, who isn't a This and isn't a That so he goes in search of a place to belong. He finds it and demonstrates the admirable quality of accepting all creatures, no matter how different, no matter past experiences.

I loved the idea of The L
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
In the land of blue bunnies and yellow birds, a long-eared green creature with wings is born. And is promptly told by the bunnies and birds that he is - literally - neither fish nor fowl. He is Neither, and he doesn't belong with them.
So then he goes to the land of misfit toys (not really) where everyone is a hodgepodge, and eventually the bunnies and birds come knocking because they want to be included.
Which is fine...?
But why, in a book for very small children, open with the ostracization? Wh
Ro Menendez
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
What do you do when you don't fit in? How do you explain to young readers who feel left out the concepts of being different, appreciating differences, and how to find a place where you fit in? You can start with Anderson's Neither! Without having to use language and vocabulary that might not yet be appropriate for the very young, Neither, explores how you should never short change your uniqueness to fit in, and you should never give up on your quest to find a group that is accepting. "The Land o ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute, if heavy-handed and relentlessly pastel. An adult in the US reading this would immediately conclude that it is about awareness, acceptance, and celebration of transgender and gender non-binary people. (The rainbow of characters at the end kind of clobbers and adult with a 2x4 of obviousness.) And hey, that's great and good, if completely un-subtle. But to my 5 year old, it was just about accepting differences of any kind, and about making everyone feel welcome whatever their differences, a ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you’re searching for a sweet, simple story to teach your children about acceptance, look no further than Neither by Airlie Anderson. The Land of This and That has strict definitions, one where a rabbit-bird creature can’t fit in and is told to go “somewhere else”. When it arrives in the “Land of All”, it is immediately accepted by a myriad of diverse creatures who welcome it to their eclectic home. A bird and a rabbit from the “Land of This and That” trot in who don’t fit in at home either an ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time, in the Land of This and That, a land full of blue bunnies and yellow chicks, a new resident is hatched, who doesn't look like anyone else. They are green, have the ears and tail of a bunny, and the body, beak and feet of a chick. The other chicks and bunnies in the land are wary of the new person in town, and dub them "NEITHER." One day, Neither leaves the Land of This and That and finds a new home, and happiness, in the rainbow colored Land of All. All are welcome in the Land ...more
Breann Jones
This would be a good book for comparing, this and that, these and those! I like how in the beginning of the book, they introduce them as two categories, but then all the sudden a neither comes along. Neither is excluded from this and that games, making him an outcast. I think this book would be great to teach students that it is alright to not perfectly fit into a specific category. I also think this book would be great for younger elementary kids because it does not have an abundance of challen ...more
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