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"Gattorno - A Cuban Painter For The World" 

                                                    by Séan M. Poole - Edit & layout design by Terri Cabral

WINNER- London Book Festival 2008  &  New England Book Festival 2009      Photography / art genre category

"...A gorgeous coffee table book that combines English and Spanish in one edition, “Gattorno: A Cuban Painter For The World” would be a welcome addition to any art-lover’s collection, particularly those with a taste beyond the established art canon."... London Book Festival

"...He (Gattorno) is truly a rediscovery in the classic sense of the word, and his remarkable body of work is lovingly recreated in the book, which covers a selection of oil painting, ceramics, works on paper and other mediums."... London Book Festival

Excellence in Independent Publishing
2009  Eric Hoffer Award Winner

Honorable Mention - New York Book Festival - 2008
San Francisco Book Festival - 2009
Runner-up in The Florida Book Festival 2014

Books  by  Séan Poole  &  Terri Cabral


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"Thisbe An Extraordinary Cat - Her Adventures Continue..."

picks up where the first book finished. It chronicles the final years in the life of that spunky, little cat. She is kidnapped,  featured in a college  stage production Of "Bell, Book, and Candle", meets new bird and dog friends and acquires a new step-sister. She still receives visits from her ghost friends and experiences many more  exciting adventures. Fun reading for all who love animals! 


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5.0 out of 5 Stars

Words Are My Paint
By Sir Real on January 18, 2013
Sean Poole literally paints vivid mental paintings with his words. Whether those cerebral images are whimsical or terrifying they cannot help but get his often surreal concepts imprinted upon your brain!

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Painting with words.
By Write Knight on December 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
     Words are my Paint is a quirky chapbook of poetry reminiscent of the publications from the beat generation. A nice piece to set on your nightstand, or by the fireside chair. Pick it up and nibble on a morsel at a time, or a handful.
     Sean Poole captures some unique sentiments that fellow writers will appreciate in such pieces as "How" , "Hotel Stationary", "Dues" and "Looped". Elements of the gypsy lifestyle are captured in references to his years on the Renaissance Festival circuit in the delightful "And Lo, My Tent Did Mock Me", "The Season Begins" and "Over Wheels".
     Bittersweet tears of aging and loss season others, such as "Full Circle", "Saturday Morning" and "The Influence of Uncles". In turns whimsical, political and satirical - it even includes a nod to `noir' with "Portrait of a Woman As Seen From The Passenger's Seat" - I could practically hear Tom Waits raspy voice reciting it.
     The slim tome is liberally illustrated with doodles and sketches from the poet. Giving you the feeling you're rifling through his memories and psyche at the same time.
     A few rough rhymes and metrics... to be sure. But the images, man... the aftertaste of these snacks.
     Makes me want to try my hand at poetry again.

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Roller coaster of word wonder!
By cytronella on March 26, 2013
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I love this book! It isn't your kid's book of poems - these are adult in nature, and speak of world most never get a peek into - one of hecklers and shows, mystery and magic, love, loss and discovery! The author has not only given you a peek into his thoughts, he has illustrated the volume himself - while roughly rendered (he is, after all, a word painter, as the title states!) they serve the perfect accompaniment to the volume. If you like Ginsberg or Bukowski, you are going to love this volume! Get yours today!

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"The Tale of Thisbe An Extraordinary Cat " takes the reader on an exciting journey into the life of an amazing house cat through her eyes. The tale chronicles eight years in the life of a spunky, little cat named Thisbe. She experiences many adventures, some hardships, unusual friendships with an assortment of animals and a unique learning experience with a resident ghost. An enchanting tale for young and old alike. If you love cats, you'll love this book!  Fun Reading for your summer vacation!


5.0 out of 5 stars  Great Read for Adults and Children!
By Tiffany on March 21, 2018
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Thisbe is truly an extraordinary cat!  Terri Cabral tells a wonderful story of a tiny kitten's life and all of the creatures - both human and animal - she meets along the way. As the proud owner (or maybe ownee is the better term for it – ha ha) of two cats, I often wonder about what's going on in their minds. Told from Thisbe's point of view regarding her own observations of the world, The Tale of Thisbe an Extraordinary Cat... answers the questions I've always had. I mean, I know it's fiction, but it was interesting to see the world from a cat's perspective and easy for me to see Thisbe's experiences as being the same as my own cats. It's a fun and heartwarming read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would highly recommend this book to any animal lover.

5.0 out of 5 stars  This book is excellent for anyone who loves animals
By Steve Curylo on March 13, 2017
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This book is excellent for anyone who loves animals, and not just cats. It's engaging and entertaining, and really draws you into the world of this wonderful cat named Thisbe. The author based her story on a real-life cat whose name was Thisbe, but this story takes you further into a new and different scenario. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants or needs an escape from the high pressure of today's complicated world. It really is an extraordinary book about an extraordinary cat, by an extraordinary author.
 5.0 out of 5 stars A warm tale
ByLinda A. Szymanski on February 27, 2018
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It was a very heartwarming story. I love cat stories.


5.0 out of 5 stars The Tale of Thisbe-An Extraordinary Story
By Frederick L. Fuller on February 20, 2012
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Every so often a book comes along that is profound in the way it makes the reader feel. After reading Terri Cabral's Tale of Thisbe, An Extraordinary Cat, I felt happy. It is a sweet tale, but watch out; it's much more.

We meet Thisbe as a kitten slowly opening her eyes. Cuddled next to her are three more kittens, and standing over her is Mama, an orange-colored cat that names her Precious.

The real world clomps in through the door screaming about the mess that Pumpkin, Thisbe's mama, made of his closet. Thisbe describes the person as " . . . large, tall creature with long, wild, dark hair looming over us." The creature finds his favorite shirt ruined, so Mama moves the new family deeper into the closet as the creature runs out screaming for his roommate Stan.

Thus begins Thisbe's tale, which is, in fact, a memoir.

Following the shock of the creature, the tiny clowder meets Stan, a very kind man who names each of them. An opera buff, he names Thisbe from the opera Cinderella.

The creature returns and his name is Joe. They escape the closet and run from Joe, but Stan rescues them and takes them to his room where they live until the day comes when they are given away.

After a long and painful goodbye to Mama, Ana, an actor, adopts Thisbe. Fascinated by and curious about everything our sweet kitten finds joy in meeting other humans and animals of all sizes, shapes and species. She meets Thomas, a cat who has ". . . beautiful green eyes."

"He's sooooo cute!" Thisbe coos.

Later, she meets Fester, a cat that gets a little too close, and when left alone in Ana's apartment, she befriends a flight of pigeons that perch on Ana's windowsill. And Toto, a dog that lives upstairs, becomes her friend, too. All become her friends because the most endearing quality she has is uncompromising friendship and love for those friends. As the tale progresses, we experience how accepting Thisbe and kind she is with other animals.

That is, perhaps, what the book is about: abiding friendship and acceptance. Although Thisbe and all the other animals portrayed can talk and think and reason, we know they are archetypes of human beings. Each critter is unique: good, bad, happy, disgruntled, threatening-we, in fact, are the subjects of this small book, filled with more than just a sweet tale about a sweet cat and her coming of age.

Cabral created a world from a cat's point of view, and that view was not what we might think a cat's view would be. It's important to remember cats are born killers. With retractable claws that can rip and tear like small scalpels, teeth like needles, eyes that can pierce the dark and a flat wedge-shaped head that can slither through grass like a snake, a cat is formidable. Even though she is a cat and has all the necessary weapons, Thisbe is not a killer. She is just the opposite; she could not hurt anything.

So, for me she was the ideal I want to find in all people. We, too, are born killers. Though not as equipped as cats, we nonetheless are able to build weapons and wreak havoc on our own kind and our fellow creatures with which we share this planet.

Thisbe, then, for me is ideal, and I applaud Cabral for introducing me to her. This book is deceptive. The impression one may get from a shallow reading is that it is a nice little book but not great literature. To me it is not necessarily great literature, and it need not be because it speaks eloquently some truths we find only in our myths.

Great job!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun and Joyous Book For All
By Rabid Reader on October 16, 2016

Excellent book for young and old alike!! Read it to small children and there are life lessons to teach. Thisbe, although a cat, has many experiences not unlike a human. She experiences friendship, loses of friends and family through moving or death and many joys and adventures. I found the book touching, funny and a joy to read.


5.0 out of 5 stars  A must-read for anyone who knows the joy and magic of an inquisitive cat-friend
By P. M.  Rossman on April 2, 2016

What an utterly charming and delightful tale!
A must-read for anyone who knows the joy and magic of an inquisitive cat-friend!
Terri Cabral entices you into Thisbe's world, and as a result, by the end of the book, Thisbe has captured a place within your own!

5.0 out of 5 stars   A Cat's Life, by Cat
By cytronella on March 26, 2013

Thisbe had an adventure filled life, and then dictated a memoir (well, I assume she told this story to the author - who would presume to put words into the mouth of such a clearly superior cat?) that readers of all ages can enjoy. Check out Thisbe's life - you won't be disappointed!