Had these books since I was young. Unfortunately, they didn't survive so I searched for replacement copies. No other compilation compares for sheer reading enjoyment and variety, even for adults. The stories range from humorous to dark and suspenseful (not edited solely for children's enjoyment). For example, Jack and the Beanstalk does not end when the giant dies, but contains additional text detailing events after. Stories that contain positive moral values, for people who can appreciate them.
The illustrations effectively convey the mood of the story and interesting character expressions.