Okay so that’s maybe a tad dramatic but seriously people they are! In the pencil crayon sense, it’s true – have they monopolized pencil crayon production? You walk into the store and ask for pencil crayons and you get a dozen versions of Crayola. I have been on a search for the past few months (the search getting more intense as the weeks pass) for Laurentien colored pencils. I’ll admit I’m kind of a stationary snob but that’s a whole other story. Laurentien has the BEST pencil crayons that just remind me soo much of being a kid! Crayola break too easily and they don’t feel the same when you use them and other pencil crayons are either too waxy or dull on the paper. Laurentien is what I grew up using and now they are seemingly impossible to find.