I remembered a series of books from ages past and found a couple on Amazon. The Colored Fairy Books. They are so exciting! The ones I found don't have illustrations on every other page like the bound versions, but oh!!! They are marvelous anyway.
I love the quirky way the stories run in this series, I like how they don't always end the way Disney or whatever watered down version you know ends, and I appreciate the characters. Andrew Lang compiled stories and placed them in color bindings. I don't know how many books there are, but I know there are quite a few.
My kids laughed when Goldilocks was 'arrested for the vagrant she was.' I laughed and grinned at the antics of the kings in a story and how 'no one loved them better than their wives.' Each story is refreshing, enjoyable, and short. (well, for the most part!)
I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves a good fairy tale. Or a bad fairy tale. I hope you like them as much as I do!