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Boy, 12, who was told to stop doodling at school given global book deal

A 12-year-old who was told to stop scribbling at school has revealed how he has illustrated since becoming a children’s book, becoming a ‘co-creator’ for Nike and even Kate Middleton en Prince William are fans of his artwork.

Joe Whale, from Shropshire, whose world changed after he went online, appeared on This Morning today to discuss his rise to fame and to promote his book Game of Scones (Bad Food 1), now available.

Written by Eric Luper and illustrated by the teenager, fondly known as The Doodle Boy by his fans, the children’s book is the first of three with Scholastic – and Joe says it’s his ‘favorite’ project so far.

But his talent has meant many exciting experiences for the boy – including flying to California in January 2020 to draw the backdrop for the set for NBC’s Little Big Shots, appearing on the show alongside presenter Melissa McCarthy.

Elsewhere, in December 2020, he was commissioned by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to mark their three-day royal train tour by drawing the impressive railway.

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Joe Whale (pictured), from Shropshire, whose world changed after he went viral online, appeared on This Morning today to discuss his rise to fame and to promote his book Game of Scones (Bad Food 1), now available

Written by Eric Luper and illustrated by the boy who is fondly known as The Doodle Boy by his fans, the children's book (photo) is the first of three with Scholastic - and Joe says it's his 'favorite' project so far is

Written by Eric Luper and illustrated by the boy who is fondly known as The Doodle Boy by his fans, the children’s book (photo) is the first of three with Scholastic – and Joe says it’s his ‘favorite’ project so far is

But his talent has meant a number of exciting experiences for the youngster - including in December 2020 when he was commissioned by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to mark their three-day tour by royal train by drawing the impressive railway carriage (photo )

But his talent has meant a number of exciting experiences for the youngster – including in December 2020 when he was commissioned by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to mark their three-day tour by royal train by drawing the impressive railway carriage (photo )

Then in January 2022, he was hired as Nike’s ‘co-creator’, in a role that will show him that he encourages children to be more creative.

Joe was sent to school by his parents at an art club after he was constantly told to draw during his school lessons.

His impressed art teacher soon began posting his doodles on Instagram, where he attracted an army of fans around the world – especially after a photo of him doodling on the walls of Number Four restaurant in Shrewsbury as well firale gie.

Speaking to presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, Joe said: ‘Of course, the principal (from the art club to school) posted something about me on Instagram and there she saw something in my art and that’s where it all really started.’

His father Greg Whale added: ‘At school we did not really see the problem because he had done all his work, so we never thought there was a reason to stop him scribbling when he was ready, so we would always encourage creativity, because that’s what we do with all our children.

Speaking to presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby (pictured right), Joe said: 'Of course, the principal (from the art club to school) posted some of me on Instagram and there she saw something in my art and there it all really started. '

Speaking to presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby (pictured right), Joe said: ‘Of course, the principal (from the art club to school) posted some of me on Instagram and there she saw something in my art and there it all really started. ‘

He was hired in January 2022 as Nike 'co-creator', in a role that will show that he encourages children to be more creative. Pictured, some of Joe's illustrations

He was hired in January 2022 as Nike ‘co-creator’, in a role that will show that he encourages children to be more creative. Pictured, some of Joe’s illustrations

‘Then it went on Instagram and he did the wall at the restaurant in Shrewsbury and it went a little crazy, so you have to quickly learn how to deal with incoming questions.’

Speaking about the trip to America, Joe recalled: ‘I was invited to go to Little Big Shots in LA, and I got the honor of designing the entire set.

‘So they gave me a letter about how big it would be and the theme would be America and I would do it digitally and they would have a whole paint team that would copy all the stuff.’

He flew to California in January 2020 to draw the backdrop for the set for NBC's Little Big Shots, appearing on the show alongside presenter Melissa McCarthy. Pictured, one of Joe's illustrations

He flew to California in January 2020 to draw the backdrop for the set for NBC’s Little Big Shots, appearing on the show alongside presenter Melissa McCarthy. Pictured, one of Joe’s illustrations

His father Greg Whale added: 'At school we did not really see the problem because he had done all his work, so we never thought there was a reason to stop him scribbling when he was ready, so we would always encourage creativity, because that's what we do with all our children. ' Pictured, Joe's drawings

His father Greg Whale added: ‘At school we did not really see the problem because he had done all his work, so we never thought there was a reason to stop him scribbling when he was ready, so we would always encourage creativity, because that’s what we do with all our children. ‘ Pictured, Joe’s drawings

But he added: ‘I think the favorite thing I did was definitely design a book series, illustrate a book series, it was really fun and it was one of the things I really wanted to do then when I first started.

‘They would give me the names of the characters, then I would have to see what they would look like, and live by drawing them and different scenes and all different characters.’

He went on to say: ‘In art there is no right or wrong, it’s just perception, so if someone told me I drew it wrong, I would know I wanted to portray it and they can say what they want, but that’s how I wanted to show it. ‘

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