A Super Sleuth’s Guide to Late Night Reading

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You know what thrills me to the core? Wito’s intense love for reading. He started reading books at the ripe old age of 2, and hasn’t shown any signs of dialing his obsession back. Do you remember that kid growing up who chose to read a book under a tree during recess at school? That would be Wito. In fact, we had to have a family discussion in which he agreed to at least run around and socialize during one of his two recess periods.

It’s tough being a book lover sometimes. I know this from personal experience.

In addition to being a book nut, my dear Wito is also a total rule follower. (MAN, the apple doesn’t fall from the tree.) When it’s time for bed, I give him about 20 minutes to read quietly in his room and then it’s lights out. Except for lately? Long after those 20 minutes have passed I’ll be walking down the hallway and see the tiniest sliver of light peeking through the bottom of his door. Lights out? Not so much. Breaking the law, BREAKING THE LAW, that kid.

(I’m secretly thrilled. Book Lovers Unite! Who am I to deny that child those precious moments?)

D, on the other hand, is not a reader. In fact, the last time he read a book was probably 15 years ago while in college. How did I find myself married to a non-bearded non-reader? I don’t know, folks. I don’t know. Unfortunately, he’s not so keen on Wito’s extended reading sessions in the evening, and keeps his eye out for that familiar glow under Wito’s door.

I decided it was time for one book-loving rule follower to assist another in some law breakage. Fist bump.

Enter super sleuth portable lighting. (Who am I? A REBEL, IS WHO.)

Wito tried out two powerful and portable Energizer lights with Light Fusion technology – a 3-n-1 flashlight and a portable pop-up lantern.

This is what the super sleuth had to say.


“I like this flashlight. It’s super bright and I could use it camping. My arm kind of hurts, though. Can you hold it for me? I’m very tired.”

(Um, it only weights 10 ounces. Folks, unfortunately all that book reading doesn’t build any muscle. For the record, Wito sometimes complains that his legs are WAY TOO tired from walking 15 feet from his bed to the bathroom. Physical prowess is not his forte.)


“Mom! Did you know that if you press the flashlight button again that the whole side lights up?! It’s like two flashlights in one! This one is cool. Um, do I have to hold it myself? It’s very late (8:25pm) and my arm feels a little weak, you know. Oh look, you can pull out a little tripod thing! My arms are free!”

But the best was yet to come…


This one is my favorite, mom. I can rest my weary arms (yes, I believe he said WEARY), and it works great under the covers where there aren’t any shadows. You know I don’t like shadows, mom. Right? RIGHT, MOM?”

Looks like the pop-up lantern is the winner. If you’re looking to aid and assist your late night reader, Wito gives it 2 (weary) thumbs up.

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  1. Shani

    August 8, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I’m obsessed with those pajamas. Please tell me they are still available. Hannas?

    • whoorl

      August 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Yes, Hannas. I think I got these on eBay, though!

  2. gorillabuns

    August 8, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Moira is the reader who sneaks a peek at 1am when no one is looking. Celia? She’d rather do hair (AG dolls hair) than read.

  3. Shauna B

    August 8, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Aww! Book lovers unite! My 2 year old loves books! I hope he grows into a sneaky, late night reader too! I also married a non-book reader, but he loves it when I read books to him… he does have a beard, though ;)

  4. Susan B

    August 8, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Yay for the book lovers! This last school year my 8 yr old was negotiating with me every night about how late he was allowed to stay up and read. We finally agreed on bed at 8, lights out at 9, but I frequently hear “can I just finish my chapter?” (9 is a bit later than I would like, but he doesn’t seem to suffer for a bit less sleep). I love that he loves to read so much — the only challenge is keeping him in books that are interesting and challenging reads, but are still age-appropriate.

    Our favorite book light is the clip-on Mighty Bright.

  5. Elsabeth

    August 8, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I’m curious if your daughter has been an early reader. Our oldest started reading by himself at 2, middle child more typical path, really reading at 5 in kindergarten, but our youngest is sounding words out at 3. They all love to be read to though- I was so that kid on recess, and am still that Mom who does not socialize at the pick up, but keeps a book handy to read while I wait. :)

    • whoorl

      August 8, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Hi Elsabeth! Wita loves to “read” and is definitely ahead of schedule, but doesn’t actually read at 3 years old like Wito did. However, she loves to spell words and has a good letter recognition. I’m so happy that both love to read – it probably doesn’t hurt that I take them to the library about 3 times a week. ;)

  6. Andrea Memenas

    August 9, 2013 at 10:00 am

    All three of my kids love reading in bed so I got them each a headlamp. It’s hilarious. They all look like spelunkers at bedtime, but it allows them to shine the light right on the book without using their hands.

  7. Lori

    August 9, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Man could I have used that lantern as a kid!! When I was a kid I used to prop the curtain away from the window in summer so I could read later (Darkness hit around 10-10:30! woo! Canada!). I was also the kid who would read instead of interacting (or doing my chores, or … most things really).

  8. Janssen

    August 9, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    This is so fantastic! But, of course, you know I love anything to do with books.

  9. Janie

    August 12, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    My son loves to read before he goes to bed! There are many times that I have found him still up reading several hours after he was supposed to be asleep. He uses a long flashlight that he puts behind his ear like a pencil so this would be a great product for him.