By Eric Wayne Dickey | Illustrated by Abbey Paccia

Incorporating adventure and science, Alex the Ant Goes to the Beach is about a young and curious ant named Alex who aspires to be a great scout for Queen Aziza. He dons his sailor suit and eagerly volunteers as a lookout for the beach work crew. Along the way, Alex is warned by Aloysius, the old sea captain, about the dangers that lurk in the world outside the safety of their home called Underwood. This children’s picture book introduces young entomologists to the ecology of ants and is a delight to readers of all ages.

Price: $17.99 US, $19.99 CAN
Age: 6 and up
ISBN: 978-1-940052083
Format: Hardcover



Author Eric Wayne Dickey is a writer and a father. His poetry has been widely published and anthologized. He lives in Oregon with his wife, a K12 science teacher. Together they tend a huge garden and are raising two children. This is his first children’s book.

Illustrator Abbey Paccia grew up on Otisco Lake in Central New York, where she developed a love of nature and stories. Abbey earned a BAA in Animation from Sheridan College, and has worked as an animator, storyboard artist, and illustrator. Alongside her commercial work, Abbey is currently writing a series of fantasy novels set in a fictional land much inspired by the mountains and forests of Oregon.

"Alex the Ant Goes to the Beach shares an interesting story with scientific facts to mesmerize your little reader. It will be easy for your child to follow the story by looking at the detailed illustrations and to be a part of the exciting adventure."

— Margaret Anderson, author, Ancient Forests and Discovering Black Bears

"Alex the Ant Goes to the Beach is a delightful adventure story that both entertains and educates the young listener or reader. Facts about ant natural history, such as scent trails, scout ants, and their diet of 'Yummy mold' grown on decaying wood, are introduced seamlessly.

—Seniye Groff, Portland Book Review