Once Upon a Twisted Tale
By the middle grades, children know the storylines of familiar fairytales, which makes them all the funnier when they veer off in different directions. Good ‘fractured fairytales’ twist the child reader’s perspective on the story, showing other possibilities. From a frog, who thinks he’s Sleeping Beauty, to a cool-rappin’ fairy godmother who sends Cinderella to a Hip-Hop Ball in an urban city scene, to a boy who waits beneath a stone bridge to fool trolls, Once Upon a Twisted Tale is a rollicking, rhyme-filled MG poetry collection that can be read for sheer amusement or used in a classroom to compare original tales to the twisted tales as per Language Arts requirements.
Because she taught both young adults and preschoolers, her books fall at both ends of the Children’s Literature spectrum. When she writes picture books, she thinks in rhyme. First, ROCK STAR SANTA. And now, DADDY, CAN YOU SEE THE MOON? When Gayle writes novels for middle grades and teens, her stories are either fantasy or historical fiction. Her YA urban fantasy, RATGIRL: Song of the Viper, is a retelling of The Pied Piper set in a dystopian future with global warming, and Twice Betrayed, her middle grade historical fiction, highlights the legend of the first American flag and spies.
Gayle is most comfortable in front of students, be they four years old, or forty. She loves to teach Children’s Literature and enhance literacy skills in young readers. She is a member of SCBWI, Keystone State Reading Association, KidLit, Ink, a marketing group for published children’s authors, and a past member of The Poets’ Garage.
Gayle lives in a cliffside house in the Poconos that overlooks Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, where she can still find a fossil or two, if she hikes the mountain behind her home.