Portrait of Candy James with their kids' book characters, Archie and Reddie.
Archie & Reddie were created by Candy James who provided voices for their daughter's stuffed animals.

Hey, it's Candy James!

Author | Comic Artist | Content Creator

Much like Winnie-the-Pooh, before Archie and Reddie became characters in a book series, they started out as two beloved stuffed animals that belonged to the creators’ daughter. But instead of just providing voices and making up bedtime stories, Candy and James gave life to the toys, bringing them everywhere to help their child grow, overcome challenges, and simply have fun. Now that she’s a bit older, Candy and James felt like it was finally time to share their experiences with the world.

Candy James is a wife-and-husband creative duo originally from Hong Kong and New Zealand, but now living on a thickly forested hill in Ballarat, Australia. They are toy, graphic, and garden designers who love to make funny books for kids.

Their award-winning toy designs have been stocked everywhere from one-star-rated eBay sellers to fancy museums like MoMA. Their work has been featured alongside Hello Kitty, Hot Wheels, and even on wedding and birthday cakes.