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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  711 ratings  ·  150 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
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Hardcover, 34 pages
Published February 13th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Raina
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e, animals, 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.
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
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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. ...more
Jacki
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. ...more
Abigail
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
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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. ...more
Maria
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. ...more
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.
Michelle
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very simple way to show kids all kinds of different "people" and that all are accepted. ...more
Shandra
Super duper sweet and cute and awesome!
Alida
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. ...more
Earl
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. ...more
Paula
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
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Shilo Quetchenbach
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a cute book! My kiddo was very interested in it, and we read it through and then went back through it page by page and talked about it. A simple, eloquent visual of being judged for not fitting into the accepted mold (this or that), and the joy of finding acceptance where all are welcome
The Library Lady
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Adorable art. Message that hits you over the head with a sledge hammer to drive it home. Better than the Berenstain morality fables, but that's not saying much. Diversity is great, but it is possible to express that message better and more subtly. ...more
Stefanie
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 :) ...more
Danielle
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I found this story of defying categories and accepting everyone simply charming.
Kristina Jean Lareau
1.5 stars
Heavy on the pastel colors. Heavy handed with the message. Hard pass.
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.
W. Mike
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book can teach kids what discrimination is like from rhymes and color illustrations of animals that are mixed by physical shapes and colors that are humorous. I will make kids smile :)
Cassandra Gelvin
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This review was originally published at http://www.drttmk.com/books/neither.

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
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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
Xanthe
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One of my daughter's favorite books of the year. We've just checked out of the library for either the third or fourth time since September, and read it again before bed. It's a colorful and sweet story of acceptance and difference, an allegory for being queer, nonbinary, or really anything that isn't one or the other, this or that. Adults probably think it's a little heavy handed, but kids like my daughter love it for being a clear message against rejecting people (creatures) for being different ...more
Deltora
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
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Neither by Airlie Anderson. PICTURE BOOK. Little Brown and Company, 2018. $17.00. 9780316547697

BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3), EL - ESSENTIAL.

AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH

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
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Melanie
In the Land of This and That, you are either This (a rabbit) or That (a bird). When an egg hatches and out pops a being that is a combo of the two, the Land of This and That loses its mind and names the being "Neither." The rabbits and birds force Neither to leave and go Somewhere Else. Neither leaves to find Somewhere Else, never finds it but does find The Land of All. There are all kinds of beings in the Land of All. Neither is welcomed.

Eventually two beings from the Land of This and That show
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Kiarra
A little creature that is not quite a bird and not quite a bunny it is "neither" looks for a place to fit in in this colorful and touching tale that celebrates what makes each of us special. This was a lovely book to read. "Neither" is about living in a place where you do not belong and seeking people who embrace you for who you are. This book could be about a variety of topics, including bullying, peer pressure, being gay, being queer, and being a person who enjoys pink and sparkly stuff, amon ...more
SJ
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very sweet book that encourages pride, acceptance, and community for children feeling like they're not strictly "one way" or "another", visualized in ways that can be applied to multiple interpretations and lived experiences.

I really like that it allows a moment where the main character can vocalize the frustration of having those that once excluded them for being themself, ask to be included in the group others that are also, like the main character, "neither". This is not to say that exclus
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Anna
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
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