With the recent publication of "Adventures of Little Bird: Pirate Dreams," Hillstrand shows a new talent: children's book author and illustrator. Published by Peanut Butter Publishing, "Adventures of Little Bird" is on sale at the Homer Time Bandit store run by his mother, Joan Phillips. A T-shirt with Little Bird on it also is available and for a limited time is available free with purchase of the book.
"You're supposed to be a tough fisherman," Phillips said of her son. "It's the other side of him."