This was a birthday gift for my artistic granddaughter who, after using it for a month, assures me it is a great set. She really likes the charcoals and uses the pencils a lot. She wasn't sure what the pencil extender was until we looked it up and is unsure about the use of some the other tools in the set, but she is young and just starting. She will learn as she goes and now has some tools to do that with. From a "Mom" point of view, the nice case to keep everything in and keep it together is a definite plus.