John Davis: 'Bully' for Him, Books for You Animated film director John Davis is back in theaters this month with The Ant Bully. His cartoon hero, one Lucas Nickle, is a boy cut down to size by a colony of creepy-crawlies. But before Davis made movies he read books. A short list for the younger set.
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John Davis: 'Bully' for Him, Books for You

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John Davis: 'Bully' for Him, Books for You

John Davis: 'Bully' for Him, Books for You

John Davis: 'Bully' for Him, Books for You

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Director John Davis was nominated for an Oscar for his 2001 work Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. He's back with another animated film featuring a young character. Lucas Nickle is cut down to size by a star-studded cast lending their voices to a colony of creepy-crawlies in The Ant Bully. Davis tells Sheilah Kast what sort of books had him turning pages instead of watching movies when he was a boy.

John Davis' Reading List

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John Davis enjoyed reading when he was growing up. He has some suggestions for the younger set:

All of the Dr. Seuss books.

Seven Chinese Brothers

Harold and the Purple Crayon

And as he got older, he says he really enjoyed Robert Heinlein's science fiction books:

Star Beast

Glory Road

Stranger in a Strange Land

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