I bought this as a gift for a friend, and it was a success. These animal accessory bags are so cute! I've seen them all in person at the store, but I bought the Taurus because that's my friend's sign. It's longer than I imagined. I couldn't tell from the pictures if it would fit pens and pencils, but it definitely does. It could also work well as a toiletries bag for travel. The colors are beautiful and vibrant in real life just like in the pictures. I love it and might get the elephant for myself!