What books are there that cover elementary algebra, but are not bloated with pedagogically padding?. I searched in this website and the web in general, but the books I could find about elementary algebra are full of pedagogical padding (lots of meta, repetitive examples, fancy formatting, little-relevance images and so on, as if they were written for kids); I find that distracting, and it makes harder to locate material as the density is much lower than in a book like Serge Lang's Algebra or Rudin's Prinicples of Mathematical Analysis.

Could you please recommend a book that covers (even if it is not its main topic) elementary algebra, but from an approach closer to that found in undergraduate-level books (including proofs and excluding pedagogical padding)?.

I know most of what is included in an elementary algebra course, but I want to review this area to make sure I will not miss something elementary when studying more advanced mathematics. I mainly want to review the manipulations of real and complex expressions, rather than things like what a function or a linear equation is.